Last week we began the discussion of Stanford’s 11-part supplement.
We covered the seven questions requiring answers in the form of either a list or 50 words and how to answer the activities essay.
Eliminate common responses from your planning: we know you care about your family or about your future successes, academic and otherwise.
Look for this as an opportunity to share something specific you care about.
Pretend you’re starting a conversation with someone who will be sharing a very small box with you for nine months. What do you want to share about yourself that can break the ice? At the same time, don’t go overboard—you’re still writing part of your application, so you want to maintain a filter.
Late-night ragers might be on your real agenda, but probably shouldn’t be in this letter to your “roommate.” Be fun, be smart, be yourself.
For example as an artist you may have visited the MOMA in New York because you wanted exposure to a certain artist and style.
It is important to explain WHY you are interested in that particular historical moment or event.
Common topics may include education, poverty, healthcare, global warming, etc.
Find one that you have demonstrated interest through your extracurriculars and how you would like to continue finding solutions to that challenge in the future.