The committee, however, decided to eliminate the best essay question available – Option No. This option prompts applicants to write on: “.” The son of a friend of mine used Option No. 6, one of my nephews wrote a college essay that shared the simple joy he experienced during the many weekends that he spent volunteering at a ranch for abandoned farm animals. The first thing Ben wants to do when he returns home from his study abroad in Budapest this week is to buy lumber for the Christmas presents that he is going to make.
6 when he wrote about how he would love to create a superior pickle. This animal lover, who is a freshman at Westminster College in Missouri, started his essay with a vivid description of one of his main jobs — dumping wheelbarrows full of horse manure into a huge, steaming mountain of dung near the stable. Coincidentally, the Common Application announced it was ditching this valuable option on the day I talked with a friend whose daughter had attended a summer camp at Cal Tech.
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Whether a teenager is rich or poor or white, black, brown or any other color, what they need is a better idea of how to write an admission essay.
Forster-Thomas takes a peek inside this year's Haas business school application and gives you insight on the questions.
By Ben Feuer Although we have already covered the basic dates and deadlines and the primary essay questions here, now that students are beginning their 2014-2015 Haas applications (at least for round one) we thought it was high time to take a closer look at the application.Many of you probably aren’t aware of the changes that are in store next year for the main essay in the Common Application. After conferring for 1 1/2 years, a committee of counselors decided to strike a blow against teenage creativity.If you’ve seen the Common Application, you can appreciate that there isn’t a lot of room for creativity in the college application except for the main essay. It’s rare for a day to go by without Ben making something with his cache of wood, dowels, wire, solder, duct tape, paint, magnets, and other stuff.Turns out, there are a lot of intriguing short answers and hidden prompts to address, so without further ado, let's dive in! Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world. (400-500 word max) Berkeley has always had an enjoyably contrarian streak -- question authority, go your own way, be independent!This prompt continues that theme, albeit in a more subdued vein than "tell us your favorite song".Matt described how sick Bucky was, how brave he was and how he had used his last energy to crawl to Matt’s side.The English teacher signed off on this essay and Matt was going to use it in his applications until he talked to me.One reason why students are confused is because I believe that high school counselors and English teachers typically don’t understand what elements are necessary to compose an excellent admission essay.An English paper is an entirely different animal than a college essay.Eliminating Option No 6 might have forced teenagers, who wrote winning college essays to Stanford University, to change their topics.I wrote the following blog post about the creative opening lines of some of these Stanford essays: Do the censors, who put the kibosh on Option No.