They wrote their college essays between 1999 and 2007.

Then away they went to college. That was as much of the future that mattered at the time.

Now that they've all graduated and embarked on their careers, HAVE the amazing connections each essayist made as a high school senior continued to shape the lives he/she is leading now?

Click each title below. First you will see the link to the survey-taker's original essay, then the four survey questions each was asked, followed by his or her responses. The names and any reference to his or her identity have been omitted.

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There is growing research in the field of narrative psychology indicating that the process of arriving at one’s unique story may have an ongoing impact on one's future attainments.

Click to see this essay writer's original college essay!

Then read the writer's response to these 4 questions:

  1. What have you been doing in the years immediately after you wrote this UU essay?
  2. What are you doing now?
  3. What do you yet plan to accomplish?
  4. What, if any, lasting impact do you feel the UU process has had on you?