I did some research about the school and targeted information which complemented the points I tried to convey. I've also had barbecue, but I couldn't tell you the difference between a rub and a sauce. I love concerts, and especially enjoy being in the Pit. I've read several essays written by my friends and peers, and one thing that they all have in common is that each essay is unique to them.
And I think my essay helped give the officers reading my application get a better sense of who I am. While we may have a lot of the same basic ingredients, each of us brings a special flavor to the table.
What personal characteristics or skills did you call on to overcome this challenge?
How did overcoming this barrier help shape who are you today? Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge.
That's why the college essay is so crucial to giving a university a sense of who you are as a person.
It is a way to showcase your personality and unique point of view.
On one particular college tour during my junior year of high school, an admissions officer offered some of the best advice about how to write a stand out college admissions essay. The admissions officer asked the group of aspiring Bruins, "If you were to leave your essay in the cafeteria of your school without your name on it and another student picked it up, would he or she know to whom it belonged? From riding the surf at Padre Island National Seashore, to spray painting old cars at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, and cheering on my Tomball Cougars under Friday night lights, it really is its own country.
"This question stayed with me when writing my essay. I'll admit, I've pledged allegiance to Texas, one state, indivisible. I can't help but bring a little bit of the Lone Star State with me, and I'll be a good Bruin.
And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. Do you have a creative skill that is important to you? If you used creativity to solve a problem, what was your solution? How does your creativity influence your decisions inside or outside the classroom?
For example, do you help out or take care of your family? Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Does your creativity relate to your major or a future career? What would you say is your greatest talent or skill?