COLLEGE ADMISSION ESSAYS. Timmi Turley University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [email protected] 217.244.3757. Role of the Essay. Holistic review Qualitative measure Communication ability Tell us about you, not about us.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Tell us about you, not about us
Areas of interest
Passion for subject/major
Essay #2: Choose one extracurricular activity, work experience, or community service project from the list you provided on the application and explain why you initially chose it, why you continued with it, and how you benefitted from it.
Character and personality
Level of commitment
Optional Essay #3: Is there any additional information that you feel we should be aware of while reviewing your application, including extenuating circumstances that affected your academic record?
Provide context for academic performance
Special Circumstance Essays
Northern Illinois University
Reasons To Write One…
♦ You feel you have a special circumstance….i.e. you are not meeting some form of traditional admission criteria for the school
What To Include…
The Obvious…And The Not So Obvious
-Your full name
-Your date of birth
-Reason for the letter
Things To Avoid…
♦ Using something that was written for a class
-Not specific enough in addressing reasons student is not meeting admission criteria and why they should be admitted
♦ Using an essay that was written for another college application
-Again not specific enough
-We can tell
Things To Do…
♦ Acknowledge the issue, then move on.
♦ What has it taught you?
♦ Why would you be successful now and at this school?
♦ What can you bring to the campus?
♦ What are your goals?
♦ What resources do you plan on utilizing to help you achieve these goals?
Writing A College Essay Is As Important As Writing The Great American Novel…
♦ Know your audience
♦ Books are often judged by their cover as well as what is inside it
♦ “Dick and Jane” Vs. “War and Peace”
♦ Use your “staff”