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Help for the New UC Essay Personal Insight Questions

Danielle Bianchi Golod helps students answer the new UC application essay questions.

For many years, the University of California used the same 2 essay prompts for its admissions application.  However, this year it has mixed things up a bit with its 8 new “personal insight” essay questions.  Students applying to any school in the UC system are required to answer any four of these personal insight questions with no more than 350 words for each essay.  While the best practices for responding to the new application essay questions have not changed, students’ stress levels have.  Continue reading Help for the New UC Essay Personal Insight Questions

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Personal Statement and Application Essay Mistakes 2013

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I wanted to make a quick post detailing some common mistakes that my students are making this year in their personal statements and application essays for schools like the University of California (UC) and the University of Texas (UT).

Writing your essay about sports:

  • Many of you are still writing about sports…I urge you not to do this.
  • Your activity resume will show all the time you spend on sports and the sports essay is entirely overused.
  • Be careful writing about dance or cheerleading as well for the same reasons.

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How to Answer the Supplemental Questions to the Common Application

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Also known as the College Specific Supplement, the Supplemental Questions to the Common Application give students an opportunity to tell admissions officers exactly why they want to attend their school.

They also give schools the ability to differentiate themselves from other colleges and universities also using the Common Application (which is designed to be…”common”).

Here is a video tutorial Continue reading How to Answer the Supplemental Questions to the Common Application