(The Common Application will reveal the new essay topics, sans Option No. ) In an op-ed in the this fall, Doris Davis, a former board president of the Common Application, diplomatically backed into her concerns about the admission essay change: So why did the Common Application folks make this boneheaded move?
I suspect in part it’s because the people behind the decision weren’t writers.
I would much rather learn more about the kid who wants to make better pickles.
Not surprisingly, there’s been a lot of push back about this essay change.
The Common App essay is 650 words, and contains 7 prompts to pick from. In fact, The reader should get a clear picture of what you value and how you’ll put that into action. I’ve got so much to say about this it would make your head spin. As I enter the double doors, the smell of freshly rolled biscuits hits me almost instantly. After spending several weeks attempting to synthesize platinum nanoparticles with a diameter between 10 and 16 nm, I finally achieve nanoparticles with a diameter of 14.6 nm after carefully monitoring the sulfuric acid bath.
I trace the fan blades as they swing above me, emitting a low, repetitive hum resembling a faint melody. That unmistakable tingling sensation dances up my arm as I scribble into my notebook: I am overcome with a feeling of unbridled joy.Eliminating Option No 6 might have forced teenagers, who wrote winning college essays to Stanford University, to change their topics.I wrote the following blog post about the creative opening lines of some of these Stanford essays: Do the censors, who put the kibosh on Option No.Matt didn’t have to tell the admission readers in the essay that he loved animals, it came through in his story.I shudder to think how stilted the essay would have been if Matt had been stuck with Option No. Imagine how different the essay would have been if Matt had been forced to write about how Dr.It’s the sort of question that’s going to prompt a lot of kids to just make stuff up.And colleges are probably going to be flooded with cliched essays that deviate little from one another.I estimate that the majority of the students at this charter school were minorities and none of the students whom I assisted expressed a fear of being creative.The most vivid essay that I recall during my time volunteering was written by a young woman whose dad escaped out a bathroom window when the INS raided his workplace.I surely hope that this isn’t the motivation because I think it is HIGHLY INSULTING to students of color!!!As a volunteer at my son’s high school in San Diego (High Tech High), I helped many students with their college essays, including the sort of students whom the counselors appear to want to protect.