The instructions counsel you to “select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances,” and frankly, we couldn’t agree more.
A strategic applicant will choose a constellation of prompts that highlight vastly different aspects of their lives and personalities, leaving an admissions officer with a deep and complete picture of who they are.
If the memory of your first swim meet victory still makes you smile, draw us into your rigorous training schedule; describe the aspects of the sport that motivate you to wake up early and push yourself. How do you plan to further develop your talent in college and/or after college?
Show not only that you have grown, but that you will continue to grow as you take your first steps into adulthood. So first break the question down: You can write about either A.) How you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity OR B.) How you have worked to overcome an educational barrier.
You just need to answer this question: what makes you proud?
Think about the stories that your friends and family like to share about you. When you can zero in on an experience that makes your heart swell, you’ll be able to pinpoint your essential subject. This narrative should have a clear timeline that traces your growth from the past to the present and into the future.
You may think that this question was geared towards the artistically inclined, but take a closer look.
The wording offers many potential definitions that veer away from traditional conceptions of creativity (and actually, it asks you for your personal definition! Creativity lies in your outlook: seeing the opportunity to use one of your skills in a novel situation; looking at a problem from a new angle to find the solution that no one else could see.
Think of a moment when you were in a position where you worked really hard to help a group of people.
Maybe you are always the one helping your younger siblings with their homework, and you struggled to find ways to engage your dyslexic younger brother with math.