Presentation on theme: "Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. Barbara."— Presentation transcript:
1Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.Barbara Kingsolver
2Undergraduate Admission Seventeen years words. One opportunity to impress and inspire the admission committee.Survey who is in the room: high school counselors, independent counselors, who has been on the other side of the deskTodd HicksAssistant Director of Admission, Santa Clara UniversityCatherine WaiteUndergraduate Admission
3Applications within the Context of SCU 10 admission counselorsYou do the math
4How Do We Decide? Admissible to Admitted GPA, rigor, rank: Transcript, test scores, writing, school profile, dual enrollmentDon’t bury important informationProvide context to GPA and academic rigor.If a learning disability has impacted test scores, ideally the reader learns that before reading a teacher evaluation. Give confidence that a student can advocate and overcome challenges.EssayActivitiesTranscriptAcademic EvaluationWriting supplementsAdditional informationRequired explanationsSecondary School ReportDemographic informationLetters of RecommendationWriting samples and arts supplementsDemonstrated Interest: visits, interviews, campsINTL: Financial resources, English proficiency, transcript evaluationTake us into - and beyond - the numbersWho is best able to speak to the applicant’s strengths and provide confidence ( student, employer, counselor, teacher, alumni, pastor, advisor)Essay or Additional information?MajorFirst GenLegacyGeographicNeed AwareMulti-ethnicUnder-represented (non-specified)Be thorough and accurate:Community serviceFamily responsibilitiesClubs and organizationsCultural and faith based activitiesLeadership positionsGive us a sense of how you invest your timeWhat matters to you, where do your passions lie?Will we see a connection to the university mission/community?Provide additional insights in writing supplements or additional information.Complete the activities section, even if uploading a resume!Giving context to time listed for activities: YouTube videos, online portfoliosAuditionsDemonstrated InterestScholarship opportunities(different timelines)
5Create a MosaicThere should be nothing “common” about a submitted Common App
6Bringing the Prompts to Life Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.Follow Directions!
7Develop an Image for the Reader Service, international, athletic, arts
9BrainstormingWrite down the 1-2 most memorable, notable moments each day, every dayJournalSeek sources of inspirationHow many teachers do essays in their classroom as part of the curriculumPerks of Being a Wall FlowerPiece of artSongQuotes
10Writing Process Mimic great college essays or authors Write to two or more prompts using your own styleContent firstGet it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. - William Faulkner
11Hook the ReaderThe morgue may scare most, but I can honestly say that I love it to death. (Excuse the pun; I’m fluent in sarcasm).When I was five years old, I discovered exactly how many bottles of food coloring it takes to dye a small person green.Some of my best days have been spent with devils.“Can’t you speak English?!”Draw us inRisk of opening with a quote
12Hook the ReaderThis essay is expected to be 650 words, which is approximately how many people attended my little brother’s funeral.I can’t shake your hand. My religion prevents me from shaking the hand of someone from the opposite sex.Some rules of the road while driving in India:It doesn’t matter if it’s your lane, my lane, one way or two waysHoly cow(s)! Don’t hit ‘em!Honking is the only language
13Conclusion Hardest part of the essay Easy to fall into cliché If you can’t come up with a good conclusion, conclude with your last paragraphCould someone pick this paper off the floor and know if was yours?
14Editing Content first, then mechanics Feedback from 1-3 people Make sure the essay uses your voiceReflect on what the reader will take away from this essay: 1-2 adjectivesNot that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. - Henry David Thoreau
16Essay Pitfalls Common topic choices Essay should be about you, not someone elseAdapting a class paper for a college essayDiction: choose words you knowCommunity service, sports, role modelsBoyfriends/girlfriends, horses
18The Challenge Engage in the writing process alongside your students Make use of local college representatives to assist your studentsStart earlyOpen it up to everyone…what are the other takeaways, advice?