Daluga says, “That’s why it’s important to avoid overused topics, such as the winning shot or touchdown, or intentional “resume builder” experiences that can be purchased by parents, such as immersion experiences, adventure vacations, and yes, even mission trips.
Admissions officers have heard it all.” Daluga advises, “It’s wiser to write about something “normal” in your life and its impact on you. Tell them the story of what makes you an interesting and unique person.” Drawing from her breadth of experience, Daluga offers the following range of suggestions that can help you produce an essay that truly reflects who you are.
I think moving forward is better than remaining stationary. If you have a website, include it in the website field (not in the text of the comment).
And I also think you have to show people you care about them—merely thinking nice things doesn’t help anyone. Something could go wrong, and then whose fault would it be?
Princeton University poses a targeted question to potential Engineering students: “Please write an essay describing why you are interested in studying engineering, any experiences in or exposure to engineering you have had, and how you think the programs in engineering offered at Princeton suit your particular interests.” They seek the best students for their program, students who demonstrate a seriousness of purpose. In fact, most schools have at least two readers per application. “They’re looking for writing that lets the personality of the student shine through, and would indicate that he or she will be a good fit with the culture of the college,” Daluga explains.
Depending on the school, officers may read hundreds of applications in an admission season.
This process can be disheartening, as you remember past decisions where you had the chance to be yourself but instead chose to be something different.
Since trying to be anyone other than yourself is usually ineffective, why not begin by deciding to do only what is true to your own inner compass?
An example of a short answer question is “Write a note to your roommate that reveals something about you that will help your roommate – and us – know you better,” in Stanford University’s supplement.
On the other hand, when a student has investigated potential careers and college majors while in high school, and has formulated realistic goals for college, the question, “Why are you drawn to this academic field?