Sesame Street

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Diamond Major

7th AP English


Application Essay

Big Lessons from Big Bird

Sesame Street has taught me everything I know. In fact, it practically helped raised me .As a single parent with six children, my mother would work tiredly every day to try to keep food in our bellies, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads. As you can imagine, living with a bunch of kids can be stressful and hectic, but Sesame Street proved to be a life-saver and a reliable babysitter when all chaos was stopped, all chatter was hushed, and all order was restored the moment that wonderful tune hit our tiny ears, "Sunny days, Sweepin' the clouds away, On my way to where the air is sweet! Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street!" .With its colorful characters, intriguing story lines, and overly friendly adults, Sesame Street became the sacred main event in my household, and I made sure that we never missed an episode.

Though, initially, I was only fascinated by the funny monsters and the irresistibly catchy songs like "Elmo's Song" (Na Na,Na Na), Sesame Street, like a mother mixing veggies in the dinner casserole, skillfully and secretly managed to make me learn something in the process! At first, it seemed as though it was the same old lessons that I learned in school: colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. But I realized that whoever made Sesame Street knew that there were much harder things in life than preschool math; things like love, life, divorce, and death, things that directly affected my own family. Throughout the trials and tribulations of my childhood, Sesame Street always knew exactly what to say to let me know that everything would be just fine.

Though it feels like...