Our intrepid readers have been busy pouring through all the essays submitted to our Blink Essay Contest. They’ve identified the best of the best–now you get to help us decide the winners!

These essays were written by first year students entering UMD in fall of 2011 (before they began their writing classes). The prompt asked students to write a 250 word essay that drew on a personal experience to help explain one of the core concepts in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink.

After you have read each of the nine essays, vote once for your favorite essay!

We’ll announce the winners on December 1st.

Click here to read and vote:

(Scroll down to see our contest judges!)


1st Place: $250 Bookstore Gift Certificate

2nd Place: $150 Bookstore Gift Certificate

3rd Place: $100 Bookstore Gift Certificate