Monday, April 1, 2013

Yale University on What Matters in Your College Application

Yes, this website puts forward Yale's unique perspective on the different elements of your college application, but I believe it applies to the college admissions process in general, and particularly the application essays.

This comment is from one of the admissions officers. It confirms that there is no special formula for writing good application essays, except that students write from their own perspectives, in their own voices:

We have read wonderful essays on common topics and weak essays on highly unusual ones. Your perspective – the lens through which you view your topic – is far more important than the specific topic itself. In the past, students have written about family situations, ethnicity or culture, school or community events to which they have had strong reactions, people who have influenced them, significant experiences, intellectual interests, personal aspirations, or – more generally – topics that spring from the life of the imagination.

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