No matter who you are, though, remember this classic writing advice: show don’t tell. If you enjoy gardening, describe the plants, their qualities, and how you make your horticultural choices; are you drawn to the aesthetics or are you botanically inquisitive?
So, you claim that gardening, or Calculus, or painting is how you show your creative side. Similarly, if your subject is Calculus, show the reader how you sat in your dad’s office for six hours straight trying to calculate Pi on a three dozen sheets of paper using red crayon.
leadership moment, and bring it to life with vivid details.
Describe where you were, what was happening around you, and what you were feeling.
If you love to paint, show the reader where you paint, what you paint, and why you paint, describing the colors, textures, materials—the essential process behind your art.
Write descriptively so that the reader can feel as if he or she were experiencing your creative passion with you.
Think of a moment when you were in a position where you worked really hard to help a group of people.
Maybe you are always the one helping your younger siblings with their homework, and you struggled to find ways to engage your dyslexic younger brother with math.
Every student must write four essays, but choose from eight prompts.
The rules may be unfamiliar, but the game is the same: tell admissions something they don’t know – and then do it three more times!