A classic piece of writing, popularized by the internet: Hugh Gallagher’s admissions essay to get into NYU. This person would probably be the quintessential generalist. My favorite line: “I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.”
Incidentally, Hugh’s essay was published in Harper’s, leading to writing assignments for Rolling Stone and other magazines. He published a book titled “Teeth” in 1998.