The goals of this application are to reflect your unique interests, experiences, capabilities, and pursuits. Towards this end, is there anything else you would like us to know? (250 word limit)
Discuss a situation in which you overcame an obstacle, setback or self-doubt. What enabled you to succeed, despite adversity?
Students often start out a bit scared of this question. They ask, “If I really tell them about my failures and obstacles, won’t they reject me?” No. In fact the opposite is true.
My college list was long. Each required an application, an essay and supplements on different sites, the Common App, and one I even applied by hand and mailed it in. Today’s admissions landscape is much different. Students now have access to tools that are changing the game when it comes to applying to college.
We huddled in the alley, in the rain, by the emergency exit of The Comet. “Five minutes guys” yelled the stage technician, peeking his head outside the door. We were on the bill but because we weren’t 21, we could only be inside the venue when we were playing. Practicing everyday after school for months, spending weeks recording, mixing, and mastering, failing, arguing, pounding until we had material that we enjoyed landed us a show. At school, what we dedicated our everything to was only celebrated annually at the poorly attended talent show. But that didn’t mean we didn’t work everyday to reach the vision we had, which was about to take center stage. “Okay let’s go,” the tech said as he threw the door open. Pausing for a second before walking inside.