What college are you hoping to attend and what major do you plan to study?
Why have you made these choices?
In years from now, what career do you hope to pursue?
If you are unsure about your future plans, write about your thoughts and dreams for your future. Where you hope to be in about ten years time? What kind of job do you think you want? What things are you particularly good at or enjoy?
“I like to be surrounded by people with a variety of backgrounds”
“During the night, I sang the theme from Casablanca with a baseball coach who thinks he’s Bogie, discussed Marxism with a little old lady, and heard more than I ever wanted to know about a woman’s gall bladder operation.”
“I want to help people, I have gotten so much out of life through the love and guidance of my family. I feel that many individuals have not been as fortunate; therefore, I would like to expand the lives of others.”
“ My Mom and Dad stood on the sideline ‘til their shoes filled with water or their fingers turned white, or somebody’s golden retriever signed his name on their coats in mud. I think that kind of commitment is what I’d like to bring to working with fourth-graders.
Don’t tell the reader what you think her or she expects
This is NOT a resume! (No autobiography, travelog,or laundry list!)
Avoid using 50 words when 1 will do – channel the “320”. Use carefully chosen vocabulary. Make every word count!
“Over the years it has been pointed out to me by my parents, friends, and teachers – and I have even noticed this about myself as well – that I am not the neatest person in the world”
Friend or sibling to ensure that the “voice” of the essay is your own
Instructions for UC Applications August 1 Application opens for applicants for fall 2015. November1-30 Submission period for applicants for fall 2015.
Your personal statement should be exactly that — personal. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself — your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, inspirations. We encourage you to take your time on this assignment. Be open. Be reflective. Find your individual voice and express it honestly.
As you respond to the essay prompts, think about the admissions and scholarship officers who will read your statement and what you want them to understand about you. While your personal statement is only one of many factors we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application.
All applicants must respond to two essay prompts — the general prompt and either the freshman or transfer prompt, depending on your status.
Responses to your two prompts must be a maximum of 1,000 words total.
Allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words.
Freshman applicant prompt
Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Prompt for all applicants
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
Common Application: Check deadline dates (based on college) – CHECK THIS YEAR’S TOPICS
Here are the 2015 Common Application Essay Prompts with Instructions: Instructions. The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The Common App won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)
•Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
•Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Azusa Pacific Application Deadline: ?
Azusa Pacific University is an institution built on Four Cornerstones, which define why APU exists:
Christ (God First since 1899!)
Transformational Scholarship (strong academic programs that develop your character and prepare you for your future)
Life-giving Community (a campus environment that encourages involvement and dynamic relationships)
Sacrificial Service (a culture of serving others and giving of yourself)
We'd love to know more about you! Please briefly describe why APU's
Christian environment appeals to you in 500 words or less