Why were you inspired to act? What did you learn from your effort? How did your actions benefit others, the wider community or both? Did you work alone or with others to initiate change in your community?
8. Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
Things to consider: If there’s anything you want us to know about you, but didn’t find a question or place in the application to tell us, now’s your chance. What have you not shared with us that will highlight a skill, talent, challenge or opportunity that you think will help us know you better?
Contest Essays for January - 2012
As a college counselor at an independent school, I am concerned that adoration and devotion are becoming admissions criteria for highly selective universities. This essay and its elevation at a tense moment for high school students emphasize that it’s not enough to meet the stated admissions criteria and be a scholarly person. At a time when admissions rates at highly selective universities are falling to 7% and below, and admissions offices are being asked by their institutions to enlarge the applicant pools, why wouldn’t colleges skew their attention toward qualified applicants who “love” them? Unfortunately for students, they must now convince six, eight, or ten other colleges that they “love” them, too. My suggestion for highly selective college admissions offices is to learn their institutions well, present their offering thoroughly and accurately, and allow the applicant pool come to them freely. The “love” will be implied.