Admission officers at highly selective institutions like Columbia are well aware of the skill, social breadth and intellectual depth they can reasonably expect from some of the world’s highest performing students.But they also remain deeply conscious that they are poring over the writings of high school children.I want to give them a good idea of who I am as a person but I feel like an essay that attempts to describe lots of different aspects of who I am would be cluttered and that an essay that's narrowed down to what I feel is my most important trait would seem more focused.
A politician calculating but capable of acting with passion and spontaneity.
Pay attention to the way these things come out in the types of stories. Some of the best examples of "show not tell" are to be found here. Believe in yourself - believe that you have something special to bring to the table, and you are telling a story that deserves to be heard.
Since you asked for prompts, here are a few to start you off. I don't recommend using them for your entire essay.
But if you take my advice and truly begin to explore yourself, these should be a good place to jump in.
1. Write about something unfair that happened to you and how you dealt with it.
2. Write about the first time you saw your parents fail at something and how that made you feel.The best advice I could give you is not to write an essay. When you're done, put them in a folder and ignore them for a week. If you've done this honestly, these are the gold you have been mining for. Remember, as you write, the essay is not about what you have done. The essay is about who you are. About your pet that died because your parents couldn't afford a vet, your grandmother's pile of world war two letters in the attic, how you felt the time your algebra teacher sent you to the principal's office for wearing the same shirt your friend was wearing, but only you got in trouble because you had bigger breasts. They will start to poke their noses out of the woodwork. Hold on to the themes, particularly the ones that are the most honest and the most identifying.6. Write about something you've done that has made an impact in someone else's life. 9. What accomplishment are you most proud of?7. What are some things your school does well? 10. If you could not go to college, what would you do instead? About your pet that died because your parents couldn't afford a vet, your grandmother's pile of world war two letters in the attic, how you felt the time your algebra teacher sent you to the principal's office for wearing the same shirt your friend was wearing, but only you got in trouble because you had bigger breasts. They will start to poke their noses out of the woodwork. Hold on to the themes, particularly the ones that are the most honest and the most identifying. If you could not go to college, what would you do instead?Similarly, while an outstanding personal essay will probably not overcome the weight of poor grades or lukewarm letters of recommendation, they help admission officers choose from among a surfeit of strong candidates. The percentage of all colleges, public and private, for which the essay is a significant factor in selectivity, has increased from 14% in 1993 to 25% in 2012, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling in its latest annual report.Inevitably, the more selective private institutions with their growing pools of high-performing applicants tend to review applications more holistically and, therefore, place the most emphasis on non-quantitative elements such as the personal statement.Freshman applicants seek to enroll as full-time undergraduate students at Marquette University. Upon receipt of your application, we will email access information for your online application account.Any student enrolled in high school or any full-time-seeking student who has not earned postsecondary college credit may apply as a freshman. citizens) who match the characteristics above can apply as a freshman but have unique requirements and should visit the Office of International Education for instructions. Through this account, you may return to your application and check the status.Pull out the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, or Rolling Stone. You will start to notice that even though these pieces are all about things and events - political campaigns, selling designer jewelry, escaping from rebels, they leave you with a specific opinion about the person. A certain actress may be successful in spite of her demons.