When reading your essays, we are looking for sincerity and authenticity. It’s easy to tell when a student’s essay is something he or she cares deeply about, compared to a student who writes what he or she thinks we want to hear. A funny or interesting story doesn’t hurt, either!
There is one essay and two short answers required for first year applicants. As you write your essay and short answers, consider reflecting on challenges that you've overcome, your family or cultural heritage, your academic or co-curricular achievements or specific moments that have defined your character. There are no 'correct' answers to these questions; your responses should reflect the unique aspects and experiences of your life.
What we are looking for:
- Be yourself. Open up to us and write about something that is meaningful to you.
- Be specific. Give examples and tell stories to make your points.
- Be honest. We are interested in your journey—even if it hasn’t always been perfect.
- Be clear. Effective writing and communication skills are expected.
Hint: know the difference between an essay and your résumé. Your essay is not the time to list all of your activities and accomplishments. You can use a résumé for that. The essay serves to pick one experience or topic in your life and focus in on it.