Thursday, July 19th, 2007 at 10:36 am in College Apps & Angst.
We’ll be steaming into college app season in a few months, but there are always some high school seniors who like to get their essays done ahead of time. Um yeah, we don’t have any of those, but if you do, you might like to know that the University of California is using new essay topics for its 2008-09 freshman applications.
They’re no more thrilling than the old ones were, but at least they’re not like the University of Chicago’s notorious essay prompts. Last year they included a comparison of oneself to Cartesian coordinates – “Are x and y enough for you, or do you warrant some love from the z-axis? Be sure to include your domain, range, derivative, and asymptotes, should any apply.”
See? That puts it all in perspective. Now you won’t groan over UC’s prompts:
1) Describe the world you come from –and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
2) Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
— Jackie Burrell