An admissions or application essay, sometimes also called a personal statement, is an essay or other written statement written by an applicant, often a prospective student applying to some college, university, or graduate school. The application essay is a common part of the university and college admissions process.
Some applications may require one or more essays to be completed, while others make essays optional or supplementary. Essay topics range from very specific to open-ended. Common topics include career aspirations, academic strengths and weaknesses, past experiences, and reasons for applying to a particular school. Creative approaches to the essay include writing it as a poem, comparing oneself to an inanimate object or constructing it as a faux letter to a family member or teacher.
The Common Application, used for undergraduate admissions by many American colleges and universities, requires a general admissions essay, in addition to any supplemental admissions essays required by member institutions. The Common Application offers students six admissions essay prompts from which to choose. According to Uni in the USA, the Common Application essay is intended as a chance to describe "things that are unique, interesting and informative about yourself".
The application process for All Souls College, Oxford, has the reputation of being the hardest examination in the world. It consists of several specialist papers and, until 2010, also required candidates to write an essay upon a topic suggested by a single word such as Possessions, which was the topic of successful Fellow, A. L. Rowse.What are your career goals and how will your advanced business degree help achieve this goal? To begin with, my perfectionism attributes have enabled me to achieve so much in my personal as well as professional life. To be a perfectionist, one ought to pay attention to detail, be of sober mind, calm, composed and ready to partake in whatever challenge devoid of self-doubt. That I have in abundance. I have vast experience having worked in different capacities that will be beneficial in the attainment of the highest possible professional standards. On that note, my career goals have enabled me attain satisfaction in my previously held posts. My degree in advanced business drives me to strive for enhanced knowledge to offer clients having subscribed to the mantra, change is the only constant I believe that any professional whatsoever position they serve in an organization, need to have a certain level of satisfaction. I will use my knowledge to serve in the best possible manner for that is when I attain my satisfaction by knowing that I have fully contributed to the growth and overall betterment in whatever capacity I serve. It is only natural that one has to constantly upgrade in order to effectively tackle new challenges. Moreover, the idea of new experiences also excites me for it is only logical that we not only aspire to progress in our professional lives but also to gain new experiences. Therefore, my career goal is to accumulate new knowledge that will be a precipitate for my career development. To cap pity off I am looking for stability in mt professional life, a place where I can wholly concentrate devoid of bothersome tendencies so that I can grow individually as well as professionally. My educational background will thus be instrumental in attaining my career goals.
How will your background, values and non-work activities add value to other Kellstadt students? I would like to think of myself as vastly experienced having served in different capacities from my previously held posts. Seeing that I will be in constant contact with students, my excellent communication skills will come in handy during interaction instances. My interaction will also be made easier owing to my easy nature and non-discriminatory tendencies. I believe that every person has something new to offer and from my interaction I will be sure to learn one or two things and vice versa. My education background in business will be beneficial in fostering meaningful discussion and brainstorming sessions in order to exchange new ideas and learn from the experiences of others. This is an exciting prospect to be amongst peers who equally knowledgeable in the same field. This presents a rare opportunity for knowledge enhancement. My personal values pertaining to hard work, efficiency, adaptability and meticulous planning will be most beneficial during my stay. My vast experience in working as an Assistant Strategist throughout my professional tenure has provided me with substantial experience juggling and managing multiple tasks, deadlines, as well as internal and external teams and processes. I hope such experience will be beneficial to other students. Outside professionalism, my non-working activities will be beneficial to my personal growth during interaction will students for it is only through such avenues that we get tom learn more about each other and foster meaningful friendships. It is critical to be an all- rounded person who can fit in any surroundings and that can only be achieved by being socially upright which is a subset of positive and meaningful interaction.
- College admissions in the United States
- College application
- Transfer admissions in the United States
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- Tamar Lewin, "Earful Over Cheeky University Essay" (December 31, 2009). New York Times.
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- Harry Mount (19 May 2010), "All Souls, Oxford should continue to put genius to the test", The Daily Telegraph