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COLLEGE ESSAY PROMPTS -- TOPIC OF CHOICE 1.What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has influenced your thinking, and in what way? (University of Virginia applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences) 2.Discuss how a particular work of music, literature, or art has inspired your life. (William and Mary) 3.Tell us how a particular book, play, film, piece of music, dance performance, scientific theory or experiment or work of art has influenced you. If you choose a novel, film or play, assume we know the plot. (University of Notre Dame) 4.Consider the books you have read in the last year or two either for school or for leisure. Please discuss the way in which one of them changed your understanding of the world, other people, or yourself. (Duke University) 5.Tell us about a situation where you have not been successful and what you have learned from the experience. (William and Mary) 6.First experiences can be defining. Cite a first experience that you have had and explain its impact. UPA 7.Recall an occasion when you took a risk that you now know was the right thing to do. (University of Penn) 8.Tell us what you think about a current scientific or social controversy. (William and Mary) 9.Most people belong to many different communities groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. Limit your response to half a page, or approximately 250 words. (University of Virginia all applicants) 10.What can you contribute to a multi-cultural world? (William and Mary) 11.The quality of Rice¹s academic life and the residential college system is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What perspective do you feel that you will be able to share with others as a result of your own life experiences and background? Cite a personal experience to illustrate this. (Rice University) 12.Northwestern is a community of individuals from diverse cultures and regions of the world and with a myriad of interests and talents. Is there a type of individual you have not had much contact with in your community whom you would like to meet on campus? What do you think would be the outcome of that meeting, and what would be its effect on you? (Northwestern) 13. How can I prepare educationally for a global society? (Hampton University) 14. Once you have completed your education, would you return to your hometown to begin your adult life? Why or why not? (William and Mary) 15. Names have a mysterious reality of their own. We may well feel an unexpected kinship with someone who shares our name, or may feel uneasy at the thought that our name is not as much our own as we imagined.
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  • Spring '12
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  • Association of American Universities, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Letter from Birmingham Jail, University of Virginia, William Burroughs, St. Mary¹s College

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