In the excerpt below, the student below uses this approach with great success:. Family who shares not the blood in your veins, but the love that runs through them; people you would lend anything to. Origin: Romanian. More important than the six boxes of possessions they brought to America, my parents carried where they came from. Crammed into a barren apartment, they exchanged encouragement on everything from bizarre American social customs to picking up enough English from Discovery Channel to buy a car.
Here in America, I recognize similar veins of corruption and injustice; more insidious forms of those that drove the Romanian uprising. Seeing crises met with inaction has galvanized me to speak out loudly against what these broken systems, from the fossil fuel industry to the prison-industrial complex, try to keep quiet. Option 2: We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
Do you self-identify as quirky? Something similar? This prompt gives you a chance to let your freak-flag fly. If you read this prompt and a whole list of quirks popped into your head, write those down and include the fact that you constantly make lists in your head. Ask yourself, what values do these quirks represent?
What interests of mine might they be connected with? If you developed a secret code that you take your class notes in, does that express a value of privacy? An interest in war-time codes? A desire to learn world languages? An interest in the underlying rhythms of life—including sleep patterns and news cycles? Another way to attack this supplement is to reverse-engineer it. What are some values or interests you want to highlight?
Imagine yourself as a high schooler again, sitting idly as your biology teacher drones on about how your body communicates with itself. This might seem boring for most, but not to me. I could pursue these conversations endlessly; I believe that learning goes beyond mere practical application. This questioning is not exclusive to biology, however. And sure, I love finding answers to my questions, but sometimes the best questions are unanswerable.
Toying with these questions leads to long discussions with friends, and while a conclusion may not be found, it is far from time wasted. As satisfying as it feels to answer a question, the mystery of not knowing can be even better. State your quirk clearly and, perhaps, early. Maybe in the first sentence. This student makes sure the first part of the prompt is satisfied right off the bat.
Give clear examples of your quirk in action. In biology class, in history class, in Mandarin class, with friends, alone, we see how this quirk comes to life in a wide range of contexts. Where does your quirk show up in your life?
Where is it an asset? A hindrance? Connect your quirk to values. You want this supplement to showcase your perspectives and values. Option 3: Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework.
If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why? The best topics are ones that also excite you. Want some ideas? What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Maybe you had some bacon, a ham and cheese bagel, or a cup of lowfat yogurt? These meals likely have one thing in common: in some way, they originate from factory farms. This flash seminar would address the issue of extensive factory farming in the U.
The seminar would also equip students with the knowledge to find potential solutions that may eventually lead to substantial change. Within the next fifty years, our generation will face the long-term impact of the mass-produced food industry. Nine billion animals are slaughtered each year in the U. Many factory farms pollute the environment near them with toxins, and expedite climate change through the use crop feeds grown from nitrate fertilizers sourced from oil.
If we can return to producing meat in a more local, sustainable way, I believe we can slow climate change, curtail outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, and ameliorate the health of Americans. Hook the reader before revealing your specific topic. The first author does that through the use of personal questions e. When your topic is revealed, the reader will already want to enroll. Make sure the reader knows what your topic is within your first few sentences.
A little bit of suspense can heighten interest. Too much and that interest may evaporate. Bring the seminar to life. Sharing details about the seminar will showcase the kind of thinker you are sensing a theme here? Think of this prompt as having two parts: The first, sharing the details of your seminar, will capture what you know. In this example, the author shares values of environmentalism and sustainability.
A Flash Seminar that puts two surprising texts in conversation on a certain topic. A Flash Seminar that applies a distinct lens to a text you cherish. Perhaps a reading of The Lord of the Rings through the lens of Consumerism. Or a feminist viewing of Frozen 2. This approach will demonstrate that you are able to place texts in the context of philosophy and academic theory.
A Flash Seminar that might bring awareness to a topic you know well and that would benefit those who attended. If you can make them different enough from one another, though, go for it! Option 4: UVA students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message? If social justice and community impact are your jam, this supplement may be a good fit for you.
They all immigrated from Iraq--some legally, others not. Yet, when it comes to the immigration issue in the United States, they look down on refugees crossing the border out of desperation or protection. The first time I heard my immigrant relatives talk about other immigrants that way, it is not hard to understand how confused I was. I have grown up in a very liberal household and an overall liberal environment.
This has shaped the way that I view the world and I believe that immigrants should have refuge. The experience opened my eyes to see that a whole group of people, regardless of their own shared experience with those in the news, can choose to believe and follow political stances based on limited and flawed information. I am committed to staying educated as a voter in the next election and doing whatever I can to help educate my community before any of us make decisions based on fabricated ideas.
State your message plainly. In this case, it can be effective to open with what your message would be. Clarify the cause your message is related to. Share a personal connection to the cause or issue. Why do you care about this cause? Your reader can always learn more about the issue at hand later, but this is their only chance to learn about you.
This author not only makes his value of inclusivity and empathy clear through a discussion of immigration, but he also tackles the issue of media bias, and its resulting political misinformation. No need to be shy. This is a chance to add a mini extracurricular essay. Poet Laureate, once said in an interview that " Much like the Beta Bridge prompt, if you identify as an activist or community servant this supplement may be a good fit for you.
Once you have a list of three or four examples, reflect on why you got involved in that work in the first place. Was it a shocking statistic you learned in class? An eye-opening documentary? If any of your service work was motivated by a clear learning moment, it may be an effective topic to choose. I was in 4th grade when I saw Syrian refugees on the side of the highway in Istanbul.
There was heavy traffic as usual, so I was able to really take in the scene. There were generations of them: babies held tightly by mothers, siblings holding hands, and elders taking one step at a time along the highway. I could tell they had gone through hardships, but I was too young to understand the complexities of it. So many people correlate the Middle East with terrorism, but most people forget the impact that terrorism has on civilians. In order to combat this, I started the Middle Eastern Student Association at my predominantly white high school, where Middle Easterners are the smallest percentage of the population.
Be sure to emphasize in your essay what you did, and the impact of your actions. This author uses a vivid description to capture her learning moment. But beyond the first short paragraph, all of her words are spent describing her actions and impact.
If possible, share one high-impact, high-stakes example. This student used what she learned to impact her school community by starting a club the Middle Eastern Student Association and details the specific and diverse work they are doing. If you used a learning moment to impact a large community by starting a club or organizing an event, focusing on the specific work the club does will help make your example compelling.
If you used your learning to impact an individual instead of a community , you may want to show that impact using an anecdote instead of an explanation. Regardless, specifics are key! While the student uses the most words to talk about the MESA, she also makes a connection to her leadership work on the Senior Diversity Committee. Once again, sharing the specific impact or in her case, the impact she hopes to have of her actions. Just like the Beta Bridge prompt, you can highlight what unique resources are available on the University of Virginia campus that would let you take your work in this field to the next level Middle Eastern Leadership Council and share what you would bring to campus Queer Middle Eastern Club to take their work to the next level!
Special thanks to Calvin Pickett for contributing to this post. Calvin is an ardent reader, writer, and all-around communicator with a deep love of stories. He has a dog, Seymour, whom he loves—in fact far more than Seymour loves him. Create amazing supplemental essays for the most selective schools, polish your activities list, and complete everything else with ease and joy.
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Our Blog. NOV 18, The University of Virginia is one of the United States' top public universities and is steeped in tradition. The supplemental essays required by the University are your opportunity to show the admissions committee where you fit into this community.
Essay prompt 2: [same as ]We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are. Essay prompt 3: [same as ]Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework.
If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why? What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message? Essay prompt 5: [new] UVA students are charged with pushing the boundaries of knowledge to serve others and contribute to the common good. Give us an example of how you've used what you've learned to make a positive impact in another person's life. College of Arts and Sciences essay prompt -- [same as ] What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences essay prompt -- [slight change] If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make everyday life better for one friend or family member, what would you design? This is an unusual question but it provides you a chance to say something more about yourself. The key thing to avoid here is cliche: don't pick a predictable word "success," "aspiration" , and don't try to impress the committee with an obscure word.
This might sound obvious, but you should actually think about what might be your favorite word. One smart strategy for international students is to think about non-English words or interesting local slang. Is there a Maori word you know that has an interesting meaning and can't quite be translated into English? Is there a Singlish word that really typifies your experience of growing up in Singapore? Using a word like this gives you a chance to talk more about the culture in which you grew up and how it has shaped who you've become.
A different route you might take is to reflect on pleasant and formative memories from your childhood. Do you remember making a special pastry with your grandmother as a child? Maybe your parents taught you the names of flowers or trees in your neighborhood? Words from experiences like these give you a chance to be nostalgic for a moment and tell the admissions committee how you became the person you are today.
Once you've chosen a word, constructing the actual essay should be much easier: Why is this your favorite word? What do you like about the word itself - its spelling, aesthetics? What emotion do you feel when you hear or say it? Is it a word you try to use often, or a word that you're content just to know and remember? As with any essay, make sure you end strong: how does this word help an admissions committee understand who you are? Applying to the University of Virginia is a good sign that you're a talented and interesting person, but when asked to define one of your "quirks" you need to make sure you think of something truly unique.
Think about everyone you know: what do you enjoy or do that no one else in your peer group does? Playing the violin or the tuba, or the French horn doesn't count; nor does speaking Latin or Japanese. You should talk about something truly unique and surprising. Once you know what you're writing about, a good strategy for developing your essay is to think about why you have this quirk. Why do you wake up at 5 am to memorize poetry?
Why do you intently and methodologically practice whistling? Tell the committee a story about how you adopted this particular habit or trait. Was it a reaction to a formative event in your life? Something you learned to do to make yourself feel better during times of stress? As you wrap up this essay, think about how you might explain this to your roommate at UVA. How will this tradition factor into your life in Charlottesville, and how do you want to add to UVA's culture?
As you approach this essay, a good strategy is to trust your first instinct rather than overthink what your answer "should" be. That is, don't worry about impressing the committee with a Flash Seminar that would nicely complement an interesting course in the School of Commerce. Instead, use this opportunity to show off your passion for Aboriginal Australian folklore or contemporary art in Singapore.
Your first instinct is probably a good reflection of something that is interesting and representative of you. It's also likely to be a unique answer - lots of people will try to write as the "ideal applicant," but you should just write as yourself. Once you've chosen a topic and premise, think about what you actually want to share in the seminar. What are some things that your future classmates ought to know about this topic?
How would you structure the class? An important question you ought to address is how you want this seminar to affect your classmates. What sort of late night conversations will take place in the dorms after your seminar?
Finally, remember that these seminars are student-designed and student-led: how would this affect you? What might you learn? How will this opportunity help you develop your own passions? The key to this question is balancing brevity and depth. You won't have much room on the bridge, so you'll need to craft a message that is both important to you and informative to your peers. Think about a cause that is deeply important to you: it could be something broad and international like gender equality or environmental issues, or something that is experienced more locally, like sustainable food or simply being kind to strangers on the sidewalk.
Then try to come up with something concise and memorable. It could be something original or, potentially, a clever twist on an existing slogan. Why is this the message you chose? What do you want students to think about when they see it?
Tell a story around this idea and your essay will be much more personal and impactful. You could also show off your nerdy side here or highlight your interests. You could discuss your love for each of these subjects and, like the previous example, tell a brief story on how the word relates to your personal experiences. When choosing a word, you could also consider alternate meanings by considering meanings outside the traditional dictionary definition.
In this case, you could contrast the traditional meaning with your own personal interpretation of the word in order to point out any differences and highlight your own personal connection to the word. Again, the key for this essay is to be personal. Since the essay is short at words, you want to be fairly straightforward without being too stale or obvious.
Chances are, you have a unique quality that makes up who you are. This essay is all about pinpointing that quality and describing it in terms of its importance to your identity. Perhaps you have an odd fascination with insects or you collect unconventional objects.
This is a perfect essay to discuss these facets of your life. You must make sure to connect your quirk to your personality and individuality. You want to highlight your personality in this essay, whether it be through humorous writing or a creative story. For example, if your quirk is having to do a cartwheel every morning before school, you can write a story mapping out your day, with emphasis on your daily cartwheel. Perhaps this is the only way to get your blood pumping and prepare you for the day ahead.
Perhaps doing cartwheels ensures that you always start your day with a positive attitude, allowing you to tackle any obstacles during the day. There are endless possibilities for quirks you could write about, as each person is different and has unique habits.
Show UVA what makes you you and how proud you are to be yourself — weird quirks and all! For this essay, you want to consider your interests and how you want to share these interests with others. With any topic you choose, make sure to explain your choice.
Why are you passionate about the topic and why do you think there should be a discussion about it? Perhaps you want to share your passions with others through a unique perspective or perhaps your proposed question has puzzled you in the past, making you eager to hear the thoughts of others.
Discuss your reasons for creating the class and the goals you hope the class achieves. Perhaps half the painting includes black and white images of women performing household tasks and the other half uses vivid colors to portray women in positions of power and independence. No matter what you choose to paint, make sure you have a personal connection to the art. Your first thought might be to interpret this phrase on a societal level—perhaps your city is experiencing a homelessness crisis, so you took action by volunteering at a shelter.
Or maybe you were dissatisfied with the decisions of a local law maker, so you participated in a peaceful protest. You might discuss the time when you founded a robotics club at your school to satisfy your peers interest in engineering extracurriculars.
Or perhaps your parent is consistently overrun with household chores and work, so you take on laundry duty, so they have one less thing to worry about. The key takeaway for this prompt is that UVA wants to know how instead of remaining passive in regards to a certain issue, you have taken action to improve the lives of the people around you. This is the last of the five prompt options and we recommend choosing the prompt you have the strongest connection to.
Perhaps you were intrigued by the ancient architecture and designs featured in ancient Greece. Or perhaps you were fascinated by a particular home you saw while driving through Hollywood Hills due to its unique modern characteristics. Be detailed when describing the instance or location, and allow the reader to visualize the design. That being said, be careful not to write a completely descriptive essay; with every purely descriptive sentence, make sure there is an accompanying sentence that addresses why that particular description is significant.
Your goal for this essay is to use an experience as a tool to describe your interest in architecture. Make sure to convey the passion you have towards architecture and show a genuine interest and love for unique designs.
For those of you interested in kinesiology, or the study of how the body moves, you must complete this essay. There could be several reasons why you chose this field of study but make sure to choose something that is personal to you and had a large impact in terms of exciting your interest in the subject.
For instance, if you volunteered in a hospital and often worked with patients recovering from physical injuries, you could discuss watching people slowly regain mobility. Maybe you have a more personal connection and witnessed a friend or family member experience the same recovery.
If so, you could definitely include this in discussing your motivation for pursuing kinesiology. You could also discuss the science and mechanics behind kinesiology if you did not necessarily have a defining moment that influenced you to choose the field. I suspect it is exceedingly difficult to be a successful student, an effective leader or a constructive citizen without knowing at least a little about the other 7 billion people with whom we cohabit the globe.
A phone is inherently a communication device, so mine keeps me in touch with more personal matters, too. Phone calls, text messages, e-mail and Facebook together ensure I know who my friends are, where they are, what they like and what they want. When I grow up, I want to be an iPhone.
It was a revolution, shattering the status quo with a whole new way to think of the cell phone. It innovated and transformed with creativity. It defined a new market and a new standard by which others would be measured. Furthermore, it married style to function, sacrificing neither. It communicated well and, by its virtue, developed a strong base of loyal supporters. If, upon my deathbed, I can mark my life with any of these descriptors, I will relish the success. I believe it is the routine aspects of our lives that matter most.
It is for that reason I appreciate all my endeavors, no matter how mundane or unremarkable they may seem, for time has a way of making the insignificant significant. Memories of days with inflatable water wings and watermelon-seed-spitting contests live in the seascape of my home. As I begin to venture away from my sandcastle called Virginia Beach, the lessons and memories will stick to me like sand to wet feet. Environmentalism took root in me as I saw little islands growing out of the Lynnhaven River delta, a place once covered with salty surf.
Watching my favorite childhood fishing hole go dry is hard to see. Every facet of my personality has been carved by the big blue in my backyard, just as the tides shape the dunes. The memories and lessons of life in a beach town, as numerous as the grains of sand, always stick with me, no matter how far from my sandcastle I stray. I am a classical soprano. I can only explain the rush of a performance in a heap of oxymorons: scintillatingly dark, sensually angelic and certainly uncertain.
As the sound waves emanate from me, a palpable sense of exhilaration envelops me. While standing in front of a crowd, my body becomes nothing more than a vehicle to transmit sound that comes billowing out of me, in different frequencies and volumes, until the last note fades away.
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Unlike many of the three-letter relatives of the, my wordy associate never shows any possessive qualities such as his or hers , words you do not want to get involved with. As a best friend to both nouns and myself, I do not think the world could survive without the always lovable the.
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Thousands of examples of diversity work together to nurture one human being. In one trip, my perspective had been completely altered. The message behind White Noise is brilliant in its objectivity. Throughout my life, my peers and I have been bombarded with ideologies and worldviews blind to any realization of an opposing viewpoint.
Popular news networks, politicians, and even clergymen all spew slanderous and recycled chunks of bias and either ignore or senselessly blast alternatives. White Noise offers a reason for this mindless whirl: this is a society obsessed with all things possessed. Modern men and women preoccupy themselves with the day-to-day formalities of routine to the extent that even our ideas become trampled under the fascination for the simplified and shiny.
I walked off the plane with my eyes and mind widened. Suddenly, I understood the modern fixation on celebrity figures and why ridiculously corrupt politicians became pop-culture icons. We are a society of White Noise. I had always thought that mathematics, and more specifically geometry, only really applied to the man-made world. It is relatively simple to find the surface area of a skyscraper or the time a conical reservoir takes to drain because these objects are made up of strict geometric shapes.
I was amazed that the natural world is not seemingly chaotic, but actually has patterns of self repetition. That trees, mountains and clouds have geometric patterns is really quite mind-boggling. In the video, fractal geometry was being applied to the carbon dioxide intake of a rainforest and the animation in the latest Star Wars movie. Thse same patterns of the outside world also apply to human bodies.
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