Every college has a culture that they are very proud of. With this paper, you show how you were meant to be part of that environment. You can always stick to a similar topic with each essay but tailor it to the school. A way to do this is to do your research. Learn about the school, their student climate, sports teams, values, awards and recognitions. You can always start with their social media accounts, Facebook , Twitter , etc.
You can be passionate in your writing only when you relate it to your personal values and experience. Be proud of what is unique about you, and feel comfortable telling your story to the admission officers.
Editing and proofreading is the most important and final step that could be damaging if forgotten. Check the word count and make sure it fits into the requirements. It needs to tell a story with passion, using personal, entertaining anecdotes that showcase your character, your interests, your values, your life experiences, your views of the world, your ambitions and even your sense of humor. It helps if the activity is related to the subject you want to study. For example, Christopher Rim of Command Education Group, which coaches students, remembers that one student who wanted to become a dentist set up a nonprofit and held fund-raisers to distribute toothbrushes, toothpaste and other dental products to homeless shelters.
Pursuing dual degrees in both Psychology and Political Science, I was provided an opportunity to complete a thesis in Psychology with Dr. As an undergraduate, I was privileged to gain extensive research experience working in a research lab with Dr. During the three years I worked in her lab, I aided in designing a study, writing an Institutional Review Board IRB application, running participants through both pilot and regular studies, coding data, and analyzing said data, with these experiences culminating in my honors thesis.
Participating in such a large study from start to finish has validated my interest in academic research as a profession. This fall I will embark on writing an additional honors thesis in political science. While the precise topic of my thesis is undecided, I am particularly interested in Mexico and its development towards a more democratic government. Minoring in Spanish, I have read various pieces of literature from Mexico and have come to respect Mexico and Latin American culture and society.
I look forward to conducting this research as it will have a more qualitative tilt than my thesis in psychology, therefore granting an additional understanding of research methodology. My present decision to switch from social psychology to political science is further related to a study abroad course sponsored by the European Union with Dr.
Professor Mitchell obtained a grant to take a class of students to Belgium in order to study the EU. This course revealed a direct correlation between what I had studied in the classroom with the real world. After spending several weeks studying the EU, its history and present movement towards integration, the class flew to Brussels where we met with officials and proceeded to learn firsthand how the EU functioned. My interest in attending the University of Rochester in particular, relates to my first semester at OU and the opportunity to take an introductory course in statistics with the now retired Dr.
Larry Miller. Through the combination of a genuine appreciation and knack for statistics and with his encouragement, I proceeded to take his advanced statistics class as well as the first graduate level statistics course at OU.
I continued my statistical training by completing the second graduate statistics course on model comparisons with Dr. Roger Johnson, a Professor in the Psychology Department. The model comparison course was not only the most challenging course I have taken as an undergraduate, but the most important.
As the sole undergraduate in the course and only college algebra under my belt, I felt quite intimidated. Yet, the rigors of the class compelled me to expand my thinking and learn to overcome any insecurities and deficits in my education. Top Outstanding Psychology Student award in statistics. This award is given to the top undergraduate student with a demonstrated history of success in statistics. My statistical training in psychology orientates me toward a more quantitative graduate experience.
While attending the University of Rochester, I would like to study international relations or comparative politics while in graduate school.
I find the research of Dr. Additionally, my attendance would allow the Political Science department to make a more accurate determination on how well I would fit in to the program than from solely my graduate school application. Attending the University of Rochester with its focus on quantitative training, would not only allow me to utilize the skills and knowledge I gained as an undergraduate, but also would expand this foundation to better prepare me to conduct research in a manner I find fascinating.
Do the ideas flow logically? Does it reveal something about the applicant? No repeats. What you write in your application essay or personal statement should not contradict any other part of your application—nor should it repeat it.
This isn't the place to list your awards or discuss your grades or test scores. Answer the question being asked. Don't reuse an answer to a similar question from another application. Have at least one other person edit your essay. A teacher or college counselor is your best resource. And before you send it off, check, check again, and then triple check to make sure your essay is free of spelling or grammar errors.
Because we've all been there. Never let the pen come off the page, and just keep drawing around and around until the alarm goes off.
I actually use voice memos in my car when I have a really profound thought or a to do list I need to record , so find your happy place and start recording. For example, let them know what hobbies, interests, or passions you have. Likewise, I feel that my time at State University would make my potential similarly limitless. Try to tie your account into how this has made you develop as a person, friend, family member or leader or any role in your life that is important to you.
This is also time for self-reflection. Computers cannot detect the context in which you are using words, so be sure to review carefully. Create an outline that breaks down the essay into sections. After the essay is submitted, check your email and voice mail daily to make sure you see and respond promptly to messages from admissions staff members.
Minoring in Spanish, I have read various pieces of literature from Mexico and have come to respect Mexico and Latin American culture and society. Find a way to showcase yourself without bragging. What do I mean?
If you are having trouble coming up with what it is you want to convey or finding the perfect story to convey who you are, use prompts such as: Share one thing that you wish people knew about you. She's not obsessed with neatness.
By directly identifying the specific aspects of the university that are attractive to the writer, the writer is able to clearly and effectively show not only his commitment to his studies but — perhaps more importantly — the level of thought he put into his decision to apply. Also, if you refer to a particular college in the essay, make sure it is the correct name and is consistent throughout the piece. Your writing should provide a context within which the reader learns about who you are and what has brought you to this stage in your life. Try to just let yourself bang out a rough draft without going back to change anything. This college essay tip is by Mike McClenathan, founder of PwnTestPrep , which has a funny name but serious resources for helping high school students excel on the standardized tests. Get to know your prompt Ease yourself into the essay-writing process.
Verb you, Dude! Your writing should provide a context within which the reader learns about who you are and what has brought you to this stage in your life. Have at least one other person edit your essay. Two sentences work just as well, and require no extra words. It could be your phone. Prompt: Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Admissions officers want to know about you, your personality and emotions. I move over to the right side of the page. Use of humor?