” (U Chicago), “What is your favorite ride at the amusement park? ” (Emory University), “Imagine you have to wear a costume for a year of your life. ” (Brandeis University), and “What would you do with a free afternoon tomorrow? Some applications ask for short essay answers of 25 words, such as “My favorite thing about last Tuesday” (University of Maryland), perhaps catering to the Twitter generation.Tufts, George Mason and the University of Dayton allow prospective students to submit a video essay instead of a written one.Coach Wooden didn't believe in home court advantages and designed an arena with seats far from the court, which, even after a 2011 renovation, leaves the best part of this arena as the banners in the rafters and Leo Di Caprio on the sidelines.Opened: 1967Capacity: 13,751 "The house that Cazzie built" eventually needed renovations, and in 2012 it got 'em, going from a pretty average and unmemorable college hoops venue to a modern arena with bright concourses and better food, but maintaining the history that's made Big Blue a basketball perennial.Colleges dropped by students ran the gamut and were headed up by Wake Forest and U Chicago: Barnard, Brown (2x), BU, Bryn Mawr, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago (8x), Claremont Mc Kenna (3x), Columbia University (3x), CMC (2x), Cornell, University of Delaware, Duke, Elon, Georgetown, Grinnell (2x), Marquette Honors Program, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, MIT (2x), UNC (3x), Northwestern, Notre Dame (2x), NYU (2x), U Penn (3x), Princeton, Puget Sound, Rice (3x), Rutgers, Tufts (2x), Stanford (2x), Syracuse, UVA, Wake Forest (8x), and Yale (2x). I could rant about how students are lazy or haven’t received sufficient training in thinking for themselves or thinking creatively.I could suggest that if our educational system did a better job on these fronts, and with teaching writing in general, students would not avoid writing essays that challenged them to invest time and thought.Opened: 1980Capacity (for basketball): 34,616 Yeah, its a giant air-supported dome that can pack in a quarter of the population of Syracuse for a basketball game.
The right fit In the College Confidential discussion, most students reported that they dropped schools not simply because of the essay requirements but because there was an additional reason the school was not a good fit. Some realized when they were asked why they wanted to attend a particular school that they had no good reason.And one student actually rejected a school (Wash U in St.Louis) because they did ask a supplemental essay question! Not surprisingly, two other students applied to Wash U (as well as to many other schools – Dartmouth, Harvard, and William & Mary to name a few) because of the simplicity of their essay requirements.Writing the essay can be a breeze if students push themselves to think openly during the brainstorming effort.The first question students need to ask themselves is: “What do I want colleges to know about me?
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Conversely, some students reported taking on writing difficult essays because a school was their clear first choice.