Click! | A College Essay

As my college application process has finally ended, I wanted to share with you my favorite college essay from the College of Charleston Application. This could possibly help you in someways, or not, but I hope you enjoy what I have to say.

Question: Your YouTube channel just hit one million views. Describe your most watched video.

Click! A video appeared on my computer screen and started playing. I was staring at myself as I was talking in the video I made months ago. My eyes drifted lower on the screen to the view count. I was stunned to see the high number of views. Click! I refreshed the page and another couple of views were added. Click! I refreshed the page again and the view count for my video had reached 1 million!  

I remember when I was filming this video, my nerves had me shaking at an all-time high as I tried to make the words flow. Now the same feeling I had when filming, was starting to form again in my stomach as I began to watch the video.

“How I Found Happiness” was one of the most popular videos on my YouTube channel and it was one of the most raw and authentic videos I had ever filmed. I am someone who is always giving advice, to my friends, about every situation. A few months ago, I felt like I needed to share the story of one of the most difficult times in my life. I had looked into my camera and began to tell my story.

As I sat in front of the camera, I was not sure how to continue talking without getting emotional. The cracking of my voice made me stop for a second. Everyone goes through a dark time that they must come to terms with and that was the very thing I was doing. I was sharing my story about how being bullied was not the end of my story but the very beginning.

Being judged about my shy behavior and my appearance took a major toll on me. I never felt like I fit in the crowd, but stuck out like a sore thumb. Everyone’s comments and opinions always got the best of me. I realized that everyone may have their own ideas about me, but I should not let that hurt me in any way. Eventually, I grew out of the sad state I was in. It did not make me bitter, or full of hate, but made me the strong and loving person I am today.

In the video, I explained how growing up is always hard for everyone, no matter their situation. Like others who had been bullied, I had lost who I once was and became disconnected with my surroundings. Many times when people become disconnected, they tend not to care about anything and never put any effort into getting involved. I eventually found my way out of this phase.

In my video, I talked about how I changed my perspective. I spoke about how I was beginning to see the uniqueness in every situation and how it would eventually benefit my character later in life. I learned that there are exciting moments happening every second of my life, and that it is a complete mystery as to what might happen next. I stressed to my viewers that nothing is ever going to happen unless they try to adopt a positive outlook.

As I kept talking to the camera, I was thinking that no one was going to ever click on this video and take advice from someone they did not know. Click! I refreshed the page and noticed the outpouring of comments by people who I had reached with my story. There are a million different people out there who I inspired to make a difference in their lives, and I could not have been happier.  

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