- Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we learn from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or a time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you and what did you learn from the experience?Describe a goal you were working hard to pursue over a period of time that did not go according to plan. Refrain from discussing getting a bad grade in a class or test. Did you fail to accomplish a task that merits an entire essay? Did you grow personally from this experience? When you recount the experience, does it stir up emotions? If so, what kind?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
Have you ever defended someone who was being attacked, discriminated against or seen as weaker among your peers? Did you mobilize action to correct an injustice in your school or local community? Did you feel compelled to act on behalf of a defenseless individual, being, or group, and can you describe the actions you took vividly?
4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you would like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Have you addressed an issue that was impacting others in your school or local community? Did others recognize the role you played in solving the problem? Why did you feel called to act on this issue? Or on the other end, is there an issue that you have a deep yearning in your heart to solve? Where does that desire/yearning come from?
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked a transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Think about a turning point moment or experience in your life. What made this event, moment, accomplishment so significant? Did it shift your perspective from that of a youth or young adult to an actual adult? How so?
The goal of these essay questions is for admissions officers to get a better sense of who you are. You will know that you’ve chosen the right question by whether you were able to reveal important aspects of your personality in writing. If you can read the outcome of your work and say – Yes, this is a real representation of who I am today – then congratulations, you made the right decision!