My college application advice
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Hey, so this is going to be about the process of writing your essays, like the admission essays for the uses. Um, first of all, when I started applying for colleges, I only applied for schools in Southern California because coming from Northern California, I wanted, like, a different environment from something that huh? I was used to my whole life. Um, And when it was time for me to apply, I think it was the first year that the UC system was implementing personal insight questions instead of personal essays. So going through that experiment experience, I think that I highly prefer personal insight questions more because it's just you choose three out of five prompts that you're given and your answers are around a paragraph or two paragraphs. Um, I'm not sure if the questions change every year, but the questions that I answered had to do with one overcoming adversity, too, a skill and talent that you're proud of. Third, one wass your readiness or your preparation for your major. Um, I started writing my essays in the summer like the questions already out, and I like, Well, let me just dabble a little bit on these questions and I was like, Yes, I'm done. I don't need to work anymore But I did go to a word shop afterwards. Um, she was a lady who came from the UC admissions, and she said that OK, there's two things I took away from this one of them was, Don't don't do too much storytelling in your essays because it's too fluffy and you're not getting to the point. Yeah, Oh, let me go back and see my essay because I realized it was a lot, a lot a storytelling. If that meant I had to go back to square one and rewrite everything, then you know that's what you have to do. Don't try to use words like these big words that you don't use in everyday life. Like how would the emissions know that you don't use elephantine from a day to day basis? They don't, but it's if that's one of your concerns that you're not using enough intellectual words. It shouldn't be a concern at all, because it's a lot easier when you're accusing your everyday vocabulary. Uh, yeah, according to that lady, she said the uses appreciate it more when you talk like as you do normally. Finally I went to a another word shop where the staff, um, would review answers and give you feedback on your say. It's important to get someone else to look over your things and give input. Like I said, I started this process in the summer time because the questions were already out and I didn't finish until near the deadline, which is in November. So you give yourself a lot of time to answer these questions. Or maybe your answers will change over time over the span of a few months. Yeah, um, it's like, really frustrating to hear that there is no one single formula to get into your dream school like ha. You really just want to know, like do I need to join soccer while doing like AP bio and get a four point? Oh, like you just want to know those answers, but it's it's changes, like all the time. Like they combine like all these different criterias to decided from the decider admission.