The ridiculous admissions essay Hugh Gallagher submitted to New York University in 1989 not only got him admitted, but also scored him an agent at William Morris, freelance writing assignments and even meetings in Hollywood. The essay, titled “The Wonder Years,” was published in Harper's, read on National Public Radio and has become an Internet sensation. In response to a prompt on life-shaping experiences, Hugh wrote a long list of insane and inflated happenings, like treading water for three days in a row,wooing women with his godlike trombone playing and designing beautiful corduroy evening wear. Read the now-humorist’s entire essay here.
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