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Ten College Presidents answer their own admissions essay questions in the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal asked 10 college presidents to answer one of their own college's admissions essays.

Source: http://www.q4colleges.com

Reed College's Colin Diver on an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to him.

A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

Barnard College's Debora Spar writes about daily routines.

Please describe a daily routine or tradition of yours that may seem ordinary to others but holds special meaning for you. Why is this practice significant to you?

Carleton College's Robert A. Oden Jr. writes about getting lost -- and found -- in Cairo.

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Grinnell College's Russell K. Osgood writes about a historical figure that has influenced him.

Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

Oberlin College's Marvin Krislov writes about on a historical figure that has influenced him.

Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

Pomona College's David Oxtoby Spar writes about an experience that was 'just plain fun.'

Although it may appear to the contrary, we do know that people have a life beyond what they do to get into college. Tell us about an experience you've had outside your formal classroom and extracurricular activities that was just plain fun and why.

The University of Chicago's Robert J. Zimmer writes about living the question.

"At present you need to live the question." --Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from the German by Joan M. Burnham

University of Pennsylvania's Amy Gutmann writes a page from her autobiography.

You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. Please submit page 217.

Vassar College's Catharine Hill writes about a person who has had significant influence on her.

Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.

Wesleyan University's Michael S. Roth writes about an influential person in his life.

Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.