The personal essays are an opportunity to tell us something about yourself outside of your grades and activities. We want to get a better sense of who you are, what you care about, and what interests you.
Question 1: “Please describe a personal or academic achievement and the steps you took (are taking) to accomplish it. Please include details on what you learned from the experience (750 words or less).”
There are two parts to this question. First, we want to hear about your achievement and the steps you took to accomplish it. We want you to briefly tell the story of what you accomplished and spend more time describing your actions (e.g. What efforts did you put into this achievement? Why? Did you have to learn new skills, seek help from someone, or collaborate with others? What kept you motivated?).
The second part of the question asks about what you learned. We want to hear your reflections about the experience. How did you grow? What did you learn about yourself? We are looking for a thoughtful reflection that tells us more about you, your values, and your personality.
We don’t want to just know about something that happened to you, we want to know how you’ve grown from your experiences, what you’ve gained from them, and how that’s influenced your worldview and your goals in life.
Question 2: “What do you hope to learn in college and gain from the experience (350 words or less)?”
In this question, we want to hear about what you’re excited to do in college. What do you want to study? What activities do you want to get involved in? What are new things you want to try? Overall, what do you hope to get out of college? How do you want to grow as a person?
Important Tip: We recommend that you write your essays in a word processor (Word, Google Docs, etc) before copying them into the application. This way you can ensure your work will be saved, you can work on it over time, and it’s easier to proofread and edit. Please review your submission to make sure that you have answered the question and checked for grammar and spelling.