At this point, your high school senior most likely knows at least some of the most essential components in writing solid college admission essays.
But, when you focus on the most essential components of completing a successful application, does your senior really know the best way to plan and write the shorter (but so important!) essays for each college? We call this the supplemental essay questions and believe me, this year, your teen’s written response play a bigger role in college applications than ever before!
Let’s take a look at a few of our clients’ most popular colleges, the supplemental essay questions asked, and smart tips your teen can leverage for an effective response that gets them into college:
University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill supplemental essays for 2020:
- Expand on an aspect of your identity – for example, your religion, culture, race, sexual or gender identity, affinity group, etc. How has this aspect of your identity shaped your life experiences thus far?
- If you could change one thing about where you live, what would it be and why?
- Describe someone who you see as a community builder. What actions has that person taken? How has their work made a difference in your life?
Applicants will pick two of the above essay prompts to respond to in 200-250 words (so your senior can picture the length, this is just about less than a page double spaced in size 12 font).
The ultimate goal of the supplemental essays is to share further insight into the most unique and positive values and character traits in your senior’s life.
*** The supplemental essays should highlight the parts of your teen’s personality that are not as visible in their grades or test scores or that your senior wants to explain at a deeper level from the Common App essay.
#2 Supplemental Essay Question above for UNC at Chapel Hill
→ For example, maybe your teen thinks that your community needs greater access to public transportation.
Your senior could explain this idea about the community and expand upon how access to public transportation bolsters community and inclusion, encourages equal access, or even is environmentally friendly.
These arguments allow admissions officers to see what your teen values most and what important character traits they may have.
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Remember, you’ve got this!