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Post by Antonio Nucera on December 14, 2015

Thanks teacher i  ended up your class and it was very useful

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Post by jessica colindres on April 11, 2013

One of the lectures said not to say but show your talents or qualities, does that still apply if the prompt specifically asks what talents/skills you can bring to a field? I ask because the lectures also stress making sure you answer the prompt and I don’t want to sound like I am not answering the question.

Would it be appropriate to use, having passion for a specific subject as a talent/skill?

Thank you in advance for your feedback.

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Post by Vashti Ramphal on November 8, 2012

Can I submit my essay for feedback?

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  • Some things don’t change.
    • These schools are looking for the same things more general schools are looking for (preparation, talent, and fit).
    • These schools are asking the same kinds of questions that more general schools are asking (for more details, see Lesson 2 on prompts and how to answer them).
  • Do your research—you will be asked why you want to be a doctor, lawyer, etc. You might as well have a well-informed answer.
    • Read the school’s website before answering the prompt. What do they think is an important part of becoming a doctor, lawyer, PhD, etc.? Write about that.
    • Talk to people in your goal profession. You’ll probably hear at least one thing about your intended field that you’ve never heard before. That could be the seed of a great essay.
  • Craft a Major-Specific Resumé
    • Pick out the relevant parts of your background and focus on them.
    • Get the intangibles, too—elements of your life that align with the school’s and profession’s values.
    • Be creative! If you don’t have a perfect resumé, write about the elements of your background, however unorthodox, that do align with your goals.
  • When in Doubt, Tell a Good Story
    • Make a prioritized list and focus on the most interesting/useful parts of your background.
    • Humans are wired to understand and remember stories. If you can create a narrative, people will remember you more clearly and more favorably.
    • Telling a good story will also show off your writing abilities—remember, the application essay is as much a test of that as anything else.
  • When in doubt:
    • Remember the basics.
    • Do your research.
    • Craft a major-specific resumé.
    • Tell a good story.
    • Read, read, read.
    • Have fun!

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:10
  • Some Things Don’t Change 1:26
    • Same General Qualities
    • Essay Questions
  • Question Types and Examples 2:03
    • Experience Prompt
    • Influence Prompt
    • Analysis Prompt
    • Explanation Prompt
    • 'What if?' Prompt
  • Do Your Research 6:21
    • Read the School's Website
    • Talk to People
  • Craft a Major-Specific Resume 8:38
    • Emphasize Relevent Parts of Your Background
    • Get the Intangibles
    • Be Creative
  • When in Doubt, Tell a Good Story 12:07
    • Make a Prioritized List
    • Why Good Stories Help
  • When in Doubt 13:59