(You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn or any experiences beyond coursework that may have broadened your interest.) These three essay questions are your chance to show your passion, show you know Brown's structure, and show something special about your background.
(You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn or any experiences beyond coursework that may have broadened your interest.) These three essay questions are your chance to show your passion, show you know Brown's structure, and show something special about your background.Use these tips to write a polished, stand-out set of supplemental essays that move you to the top of the application pile.Thoughtful applicants focus on how particular schools fit with their social and intellectual aspirations, and good essays mirror such self-awareness.
It is hard to imagine how to write a Common Application essay that simultaneously speaks to Columbia’s focus on the intellectual value of a core curriculum, Brown’s notion that such value derives from the absence of a core, Cornell’s proud tradition as a land grant school, and Harvard’s exclusivity.
Of course, there is an element of self-selectivity that may set the essays of some Ivy applicants apart from others.
It is here that the student needs to craft an essay that speaks to his or her fit with that particular institution, and some will ask the question very directly: “Tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia,” for example, or “Why Brown?
” Dartmouth avoids additional long essays and Harvard’s is optional, but last year when the Common Application did away with its so-called activity paragraph (“choose one of your extra curricular activities and tell us about it”), these Ivies decided, as did Columbia, that it was useful enough for their purposes to include it in the supplement.
To help them identify those elements, Princeton asks students to reflect on their own lives by writing, for example, in response to quotes on culture, service to the nation, and the practices of inequality.
Yale, in contrast, asks simply that a student “Reflect on something you want us to know about you.” Associate Director Rebekah Westphal of Yale explains that the question is, “open enough that students write about whatever they feel like at the time, to present themselves to us without trying to fit into a certain topic or question.”In a good essay the student embarks on a voyage to learn more about an idea, a place, or about herself, and she returns able to examine and understand what has been familiar with new eyes and a deeper perspective.
For Kenworthy, nailing his admissions essay was also important.
After he was deferred from early action at Harvard, he felt compelled to change his essay topic.
At Harvard, 5.2% of the nearly 40,000 applicants – about 2,000 – were accepted this year.
These schools look for the right mix of academic achievement and extracurricular activities.