Video: Meet the Man Behind ‘The Best College Essay Ever’

Hugh Gallagher wrote what has been called the best college essay ever nearly 20 years ago. Replete with over-the-top boastings (“Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets…”) the essay actually helped earn Gallagher admission to NYU, won a writing contest and was published in Harper’s magazine. The Washington Post reprinted the essay in The Answer Sheet.

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