If you couldn’t make it to the Inside the Admissions Office program at the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Monday, October 15th, don’t worry. This blog gives you the highlights of that dynamic evening with a panel of admissions deans from across the United States.
One of the most important messages to students of the night, delivered by Bob McCullough, the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Case Western Reserve University, was his response to a question about personal essay topics that the staff has seen before:
“Don’t wrap yourself into a pretzel” to write something in your application that doesn’t apply to you, he told the audience. Yes, there are topics that admissions personnel have seen time and time again, but he reminds his staff to be mindful of the fact that since this is the first time that a student is going through the process, the topic is new to the student.
To that I would add that no matter the topic, the way you write it is unique to you.
There were lots of other great words of wisdom from the panel:
Here are a few: