Out of the thousands of universities and colleges, Chapman might be the most beautiful.
But that's only one of many reasons to consider making this your home for the next four years.
You've already done the hard part: three years of hard work, studying, taking the hardest classes you can manage, participating in extracurriculars, and taking standardized tests — all while navigating the strange new world introduced by COVID-19.
Now, you just need to think of a compelling, original way to tell your story. Two heads are definitely better than one, so feel free to check out my rates and services, and contact me if you'd like to set up an appointment.
In the meantime, here's how I would approach the first Chapman supplemental essay:
Out of the thousands of universities and colleges, why are you interested in attending Chapman?
Why College? questions are hard. The admissions team will have already posted their top reasons to attend Chapman:
So how do you write a Why College? essay that makes you stand out?
The first thing I would do is think about what is special about you, not the college. What is your greatest accomplishment? What is one of your core values? Now connect that to an opportunity at Chapman.
So if it were me, here's how I would brainstorm if I were my 17-year-old self:
Things that are special/unique/impressive about me:
With this in mind, I'll do a little Googling to learn just a bit more about how Chapman can benefit me, and then I'll write my first draft:
Phillips Exeter is infamous for its heavy workload and academic rigor. I’ll admit—though I love History of Mathematics, it hurts when my alarm blares at 7am for Saturday classes.
I love this first draft, because even though I'm repeating a lot of easily-Googleable information, I'm doing it in a way that's uniquely me. This is a fun, memorable essay that showcases some of my creativity while demonstrating that I've done my research about Chapman and am applying there for a good reason.
In my next post, I will cover the next prompts, "Knowing what it means to be a Chapman Panther, how do you see yourself engaging with and growing in our community that continues to strive for diversity, equity and inclusion?" and "Our campus is committed to listening to and learning from our students. With your knowledge of Chapman, what ways would you implement a more welcoming and diverse campus culture through physical spaces, programming, classes, etc.?"
Don't hesitate to contact me if you want more help on your application!
Eva Glasrud completed her B.A. and M.A. at Stanford. She is now a college counselor and life coach for gifted youth.