The Admissions Committee,
The truth is the admissions officers are just people.
The difference between them and everybody else on this planet is
that they are trying to create the best freshman class possible—strong
students who are likely to graduate and who will have a positive
and fruitful experience at their school. They are looking for young
people who will enrich the dynamics of campus life with their thoughts,
passions, and personalities. They don’t expect perfection. They
are, after all, looking to fill the class with human beings.
At most schools, at least two admissions officers will
read your essay. Both of these admissions officers have to read
hundreds of essays and will spend an average of 10 to 20 minutes
All admissions officers are not the same. Here are some
potential characteristics: some are recent graduates, others have
been in the profession for thirty years; some are a laugh-a-minute,
while others are humorless; some are sticklers for structure, while
others are suckers for creativity. You get the idea. Attempting
to target a particular reader is a waste of time.
Write about what you want to write about, not what you
think the admissions officers want you to write about. Your essay
won’t ring true if you don’t focus on what’s in your heart. When
a writer is genuinely connected to a topic, the reader can tell
and will want to keep reading. Don’t worry if you don’t think you
have anything interesting to say. We promise that you do!
Admissions Committees Want
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