Many colleges typically want more than what the Common App asks applicants and we definitely work with our students to craft a proactive approach to all those ‘extra’ essays.
Whether your target list of schools requires supplemental essays or not, we’re here to help you share your voice, your vision and your true scholarly selves to the college admissions world.
It can be overwhelming because many schools have supplements that have students addressing upwards of seven random essays IN ADDITION to the essay on the Common Application.
Some students, especially those late to the admissions game, will inquire about schools that don’t require supplemental essays simply for sake of ease as they’re running out of time.
When the Common Application came along with the premise of making the college application process easier than the many individual applications for each college, students and teachers rejoiced. NOW, most colleges seem to have 3 or 4 of their own supplemental essays in addition to what’s asked on the Common Application. Because they DO want to know more about you such as why are you applying to their school and what has been your most meaningful activity in high school (a prior question on the old Common App).
Some schools however, are bucking the supplemental essay trend and relying only on the Common Application. Well, maybe because they’d like a LOT more applicants so they can have a more qualified pool from which to select.The moment you leave college and call yourself a writer or an actor or a dancer or a mime or a dance-mime, you’re saying to yourself and the world, “Ninety-nine percent of the time this will not work, but I am going to proceed anyway because I am generally insane.” To be asked to remember a significant failure when you are constantly failing professionally is like asking a basketball player to remember a time they missed a shot.So unless you’re a basketball player who makes every single shot you have ever taken (I commend you, future Le Bron), the failure thing is going to take up most of your time.I remember falling asleep next to my now-wife every night that summer, my Summer of Tapes, as one might call it if one were so inclined, constantly trying out new characters on her. “Failure is the game, man.” You don’t ever win, but I guess the idea is that, over the course of a career, you get to stack those failures like bricks and make a tower that resembles a life spent trying, and one you can be proud of.I often took my time analyzing a problem before I would begin work in earnest.I majored in physics, so I had spent years thinking about problems and working (in a fairly linear path) toward the right answer.That’s not to say that I didn’t learn about the value of experimentation; it’s just that I did not yet fully understand the power of this process, nor how to embrace—and even intentionally seek out—missteps along the way.Water courses sculpted in stone are banked precisely to contain the flow of the local spring.And like an iceberg, the marvels we can see aboveground are only a fraction of the achievement, most of which lies unseen below, humbly securing footings and draining water.Our setting is quaint, but we offer you a local doorway into the world of CCV at large with all the best that CCV has to offer — caring advisors, great faculty, extensive online learning options, and a warm community feel. Attend a free informational webinar to learn more about your prior learning assessment options and how you can save time and money on your way to earning a college degree.