July Facebook Live Recap (Essay Q&A)
Your essay is not the only factor that goes into making an admission decision. While it is important, it is just one piece of several elements used to get to know you as an individual. Use this as an opportunity to share useful information about yourself but don't let it be something you get overly stressed about perfecting.
We are trying to get to know you and your ability to communicate, so choose to write on something you know and care a lot about. Think of the essay as a reflection of your personality and select whatever topic and style is most representative of your strengths. If you're experiencing writers block, talk it out! A conversation with a family member, friend or mentor can help you figure out what you are passionate enough about to use as an essay topic. Think about things you care about most then backtrack to fit them into the essay prompt.
1. Is this essay about me? If you write about an important person in your life, make sure to frame it in a way to that helps the reader learn about you and not just the person you're writing about.
2. Does my essay show growth or change for me as a person? Make sure you tell the reader how the topic of your essay changed you, helped you grow, or what you learned from it.
3. Does this essay share anything new about me? Your essay is an opportunity to supplement the other documents you've submitted and let the reader know about the parts of you they aren't already seeing. Share something not included in transcripts, recommendation letters, or resume activities.
Once you've written something that answers the questions above and you feel comfortable sharing, ask up to 3 other people to review your work. We suggest you look for a mix of mentors, peers, and family members to help with this. Be sure to choose people you trust to give you honest feedback.
- Should I use a formal or informal writing style? - 23:00
- How do you know your essay is complete without falling into a cycle of endless editing? - 25:40
- Who should you have reviewing your essay before submission? - 27:56
- Are you able to see what the essay prompts are before choosing the application you want to use? - 31:24
- How detrimental are the essays for transfer admission? - 32:05
- How would you recommend approaching a personal topic to discuss in your essay if you are unsure about the topic? - 33:07
- Is the essay prompt about inclusivity/diversity on the TCU Admissions page? - 35:50
- Does it matter when you apply? Does applying as early as possible benefit you? - 36:26
- Are you all sick of hearing COVID stories or is it still relevant if you have a compelling angle? - 38:42
- Can I submit a personal essay along with the provided essay prompts? - 45:38
- Do the essay prompts for TCU's application change much from year to year? - 49:38
- Are essays submitted in the admission process confidential? - 50:24
- Does applying early decision increase your chances of being accepted? - 51:20
- What is the average amount of time that an admissions officer spends looking at an application and related materials? - 53:56
- I'm a high school english teacher and would like to help prepare my students effectively in writing an application essay. Do you have any suggestions, tips or tricks that I can pass on to my students? - 57:49