We’ve updated our handy dandy supplemental essay guide with prompt breakdowns for MIT, Princeton University, and USC.
But before you familiarize yourself with our prompt breakdowns, you should get a little more acquainted with the schools you’re considering dedicating your life to for the next four years!
Given all this, it’s not too difficult to understand why top seniors across the nation are interested in the elite Ivy school. The challenge of this short essay prompt lies in the brevity of its expected answer—you need to craft a compelling response with very little wiggle room.
Since over 30,000 of the nation’s most talented apply each year (with that number increasing annually), applicants need to ace Princeton’s supplement essays. Additionally, when choosing which extracurricular activity to write about, you should strive to strike the perfect balance between “unique” and “meaningful to you.” If your topic is incredibly unique but you don’t care about it, you might paint an inaccurate portrait of who you are.
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For example, a student who answers that their favorite source of inspiration is “Mark Zuckerberg” will seem quite different from a student who answers “Mother Nature.” The prescription, therefore, is to think about what kind of a picture you want to paint to the adcoms, and answer accordingly.
Warning: although certainly all answers have merit, some are suboptimal strategy-wise.
This part of the application almost always makes some of our clients nervous, since it is so open ended.
So long as you don’t write anything offensive or morally questionable, rest assured your answers here cannot derail your entire application.