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10 Strangest College Essay Questions

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High school seniors who haven't been accepted by early decision are finishing and polishing their college admissions essays to meet January deadlines.

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Although it's a high-stress period for these seniors, the rest of us have the luxury of standing back and scratching our heads at the thought-provoking, reflective, and sometimes, ridiculous college essay questions students are having to answer.

College essays allow admissions committees to get to know a bit about the student's personality, including his or her creativity, ability to play on words, storytelling skills, and general areas of interest or expertise. Here are 10 strange and ridiculous college application essay prompts top U.S. institutions are requiring students to answer.

How would you answer these questions?

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