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Personal insight questions

The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations.

Think of it as your interview with the admissions office. Be open. Be reflective. Find your individual voice and express it.

While this section of the application is just one part we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application.

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Writing for a Personal Statement

T he personal statement is an important part of your application package, so write several drafts. It will be read very quickly, so make it interesting!

Functions of the personal statement:

  • To round out your application package by providing the reviewers with information that is not available on the application form.
  • To lift a few items out of your application form so that reviewers can understand the experiences more fully.
  • To explain the process that led to your choice of career – what initially piqued your interest and what confirmed it.
  • To introduce yourself as a person with a unique background and voice.
  • To quickly explain aspects of your application that reviewers might have concerns about (why you didn’t attend college for a semester, why you are switching careers, etc.).

Your entire application package will be evaluated based on:

  • Your intellect (demonstrated through GPA and standardized exam scores).
  • Your character (demonstrated with examples of compassion and hard work).
  • Your knowledge of and deep interest in the field you wish to enter (demonstrated through work, volunteering, and research).
  • Where relevant, your experiences with leadership and/or diversity.

Honestly evaluate which of the above criteria you need to strengthen and then address those areas in your personal statement.

Recommended Writing Process:

  1. Analyze the essay question/prompt and research the school/program.
  2. Brainstorm: Ask friends and colleagues what’s interesting or impressive about you. Decide whether you need to strengthen your academic qualifications or other areas.
  3. Write a paragraph or two about various topics and then decide which ones are most impressive or interesting.
  4. Write an outline that will stitch together the various topics you want to include.
  5. Write a first draft and then revise the essay.
  6. Get feedback from two people who know how to evaluate personal statements.
  7. Revise again and then proofread. Ask a good writer to do a second proofreading.

Reviewers read hundreds of personal statements, and they can tell when a student is exaggerating or being manipulative. For example, don’t tell us that your mother’s death is what led to your goal of becoming a pharmacist if that’s not the case. That said, reviewers would want to know that your mother died when you were ten because it says a lot about what you had to overcome as a child. The solution? Slip in the information as you discuss another topic. Here’s an example: “After my mother died when I was ten, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. It was from her that I learned about the traditional herbal medicines of Mexico .”

Don’t offer excuses for the negatives in your application; instead, turn them into something positive or mention them briefly and then move on. For example, “Although my Chicago public high school did not provide me with strong academic skills, I managed to catch up with other students by my sophomore year. Along the way, I learned how to work hard and manage my time.” For example, “Although my transition from community college to UIC was challenging…”

DO the following in your essay:

  • Present a realistic rather than naive understanding of the profession. For example, a law school applicant learned during an internship that practicing law is less a matter of presentation skills and more about painstaking research.
  • Use the language of the field or profession.
  • Include examples and specifics that clarify and support any generalizations you make.
  • Discuss relevant volunteer and work experiences as well as informal activities. For example, you might mention assisting a disabled relative each week or organizing a weekly study group for your organic chemistry course.
  • Include research or special academic projects you worked on during college. Avoid including too much detail about the project; the focus should be on what you learned or accomplished through the project.
  • Tell us something unusual or surprising about yourself, such as a special talent or interest. This might be tied in with your career goal. For example, you might say that the many hours you spent practicing the trumpet helped you develop strong discipline.
  • Tell us if you paid for your own tuition, helped support your family while you were in college, cared for a family member, or had other significant obligations.
  • If you changed majors or careers and this was a big switch (say from art to pre-med), tell us why you changed. Also tell us what positive things you brought from your prior major or job. For example, a pre-med student who had been in the military might mention the number of soldiers she supervised and the size of her budget.
  • If you believe your standardized test score is not reflective of your ability, explain.
  • Include adjectives about yourself. Instead, let the details speak for themselves.
  • Discuss at length your experiences from childhood or high school.
  • Exceed designated limits for length.
  • Simply summarize your entire life. Instead, choose a few topics and then find a thread tol tie them together.
  • Repeat information that’s on the application form. Instead, mention activities or awards only when you have something to say about them.
  • Try to be funny or gimmicky or too personal (religious beliefs, etc).
  • Say you have always wanted to be a doctor (or include other empty generalizations).
  • Refer to the salary of the profession.
  • Try to sound like a novelist. Focus on content and write sincerely.
  • Sound like a braggart. Give examples that will impress us but don’t tell us that you’re smart and compassionate.
  • Try to flatter the school with empty compliments. Instead, mention particular strengths of the school or areas of research.
  • End by saying you are a good candidate for admission.

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How to Apply as a Freshman Applicant

1. Complete your application.

You’ll provide your high school courses and grades, choose your major and an alternative program, write an essay, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards. We’ll also use your application to determine admission into campus honors programs and award merit-based scholarships.

2. Pay the application fee.

  • $50 Domestic
  • $75 International

When you submit the application, you’ll pay a nonrefundable fee by credit card. If you’re a domestic student who qualifies for a fee waiver, your guidance counselor must submit our fee waiver form.

3. Submit your test scores.

  • ACT Code: 1154
  • SAT I Code: 1836

Standardized test scores are required for admission review. We accept the ACT or SAT I. You don’t have to take the essay portion of the SAT. You also don’t have to take the writing portion of the ACT unless you’re applying to a teaching licensure program. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency in time to meet our deadlines; we don’t accept copies of score reports.

4. Prove your English proficiency.

You need to demonstrate a command of the English language. If your first language isn’t English or you’re attending high school in a non-English-speaking country, we recommend you submit a TOEFL (code 1836) or IELTS score from a test you’ve taken within the past 2 years.

5. See if you have further application requirements.

Depending on the major you’re applying to, you may have a few more things to do.

International Applicants

You should also be aware of some additional requirements.

Art + Design Applicants

You also need to submit a portfolio. More information is available through the School of Art and Design or by calling 217-333-6632.

Dance Applicants

You also need to complete an audition. More information is available through the Department of Dance or by calling 217-333-1010.

Music Applicants

You also need to complete a music application and audition or interview. More information is available through the School of Music or by calling 217-244-7899.

Theatre Applicants

You also need to interview and complete an audition or portfolio review. More information is available through the Department of Theatre or by calling 217-333-2371.

6. Check your status.

Once you’ve submitted your application, check its status by clicking on your application in myIllini. If you applied through the Coalition Application and already have a myIllini account, you can use that existing account to view your status. If you didn’t have a myIllini account, we’ll create one for you and you’ll receive an email a few days after submitting the Coalition Application with instructions on how to access your myIllini account.

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Essay Questions for Freshman Applicants

We want to give you enough time to craft the very best essays you can—and the best way to do that is to tell you what they are now.

Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest inside and/or outside the classroom. You may also explain how this major relates to your future career goals. If you’re applying to the Division of General Studies, explain your academic interests and strengths or your future career goals. You may include any majors or areas of study you’re currently considering. Limit your response to 300 to 400 words.

If you select a second-choice major other than the Division of General Studies on your application, write a second essay explaining your interest in this major, too. Again, limit your response to 300 to 400 words.

Tips for Writing Your Essay

Be memorable.

The essay part of the application is important because it gives us more insight into who you are and who you want to be. Make us remember you!

Be prepared.

Take time to think about and brainstorm your message. Create an outline, write a good first draft, and edit multiple times.

Be yourself.

We want to know more about you, so be honest and let us into your world. Instead of making broad statements about what you want to do, give specific examples from high school or extracurricular activities. And don’t be afraid to add your personal style and voice to your writing!

You only have a couple of paragraphs to tell us about your experiences and goals. Choose your words wisely.

Be focused.

It’s not necessary for you to repeat information that’s already elsewhere in your application. Stay focused on explaining how those credentials and qualifications will lead to a successful future here.

Be professional.

Submitting a sloppy-looking essay with spelling errors and glaring mistakes sends us the message that you’re not serious about Illinois. Proofread your essays and ask your counselor, your English teacher, or a parent to take a second look.

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Application tips

Common Application

What to expect on your application

Applicants will be required to complete these items on their Common Application:

  • Common Application Essay. Applicants must choose to respond to one of these five prompts as part of their application:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
  • UIC Member Profile Essay. UIC applicants will be asked to respond to a short essay regarding their program of choice or the career fields in which applicants are interested. Applicants to the Honors College or GPPA programs will also be prompted to respond to an essay for each of those programs.

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    The University of Chicago

    College Admissions

    The University of Chicago has long been renowned for its provocative essay questions. We think of them as an opportunity for students to tell us about themselves, their tastes, and their ambitions. They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between.

    Each year we email newly admitted and current College students and ask them for essay topics. We receive several hundred responses, many of which are eloquent, intriguing, or downright wacky.

    As you can see from the attributions, the questions below were inspired by submissions from UChicago students and alumni.

    2017-18 UChicago Supplement:

    Required Question:

    How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.

    Extended Essay Questions:

    (Required; Choose one)

    Essay Option 1.

    “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert

    Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. What do you think is important but under-discussed?

    Essay Option 2.

    Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History. a full list of unmodified majors ready for your editor’s eye is available here: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/academics/majors-minors.

    -Inspired by Josh Kaufman, Class of 2018

    Essay Option 3.

    Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart! Captain Planet supposes that the world is made up of these five elements. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world.

    -Inspired by Dani Plung, Class of 2017

    Essay Option 4.

    The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.” Tell us about your “armor.”

    -Inspired by Adam Berger, Class of 2020

    Essay Option 5.

    Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections.

    -Inspired by Alex Serbanescu, Class of 2021

    Essay Option 6.

    In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.

    Why UChicago?

    I came to UChicago because I wanted a world-class education in a diverse neighborhood with the natural amenities of a large city. Additionally, I came to learn how to think. Sure, learning a specific skill-set is also great, but the ability to think critically, I believe, will take me much farther.

    Because of the University of Chicago.

    . I now have a wide network of friends and colleagues around the world; an education that speaks volumes wherever I go; and a community (Chicago) that I love and cherish.

    Continuing Application Process

    The Honors College welcomes applications from current UIC students.

    Eligibility:

    Please note that this application is only intended for current UIC students who seek admission to the Honors College for the Spring 2018 semester.

    If you are a current student at UIC, have earned a 3.4 UIC GPA (UIC courses only), and have at least four semesters left until graduation (those with three semesters will be considered), you are eligible to apply to the Honors College.

    How to Apply:

    1. Complete the online Honors College application .
    2. Submit two (2) required essays of approximately 500 words:
      • Essay 1:Describe your academic and career plans
      • Essay 2:The Honors College is a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the educational experience of undergraduates and allow faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning and research. What scholarly attributes will you bring to this community? What do you expect in return?
    3. Please upload your resume listing your extracurricular and community activities, work experiences, volunteer service, and hobbies. Please include any leadership roles or other accomplishments. You may also include scholastic prizes, awards or honors you have received, as well as special academic programs, such as summer enrichment or study abroad, in which you have participated. Alternatively, you may download our resume template, complete it, and upload it when submitting your Honors College Application.

    Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017

    Final Deadline: January 2, 2018

    Additional Information for Continuing Applicants:

    Learn more about the Honors College curriculum and requirements before applying!

    If you are interested in information about funding your education, please visit our scholarships page to view scholarships available to current Honors College students..

    Requirements & Deadlines

    Application Deadline 1/15/18

    All First-Year & some transfer programs (Nursing & Nutrition)

    Translations

    What type of applicant are you?

    First Year

    Current high school students (including those with college credit) or high school graduates who have not attended a college/university.

    • Fall 2018 Regular Decision – Jan 15, 2018

    Students who have earned college credit since graduating from high school.

    • Fall 2018 Transfer – Nursing/Nutrition – Jan 15, 2018
    • Fall 2018 Transfer – Apr 2, 2018

    International

    Students who have studied at a foreign secondary school or university or require a visa to study in the U.S.

    Same as First Year or Transfer

    Readmission

    Former degree-seeking undergraduate students returning after two or more terms away from the university.

    Same as Transfer

    Second Bachelor's Degree

    Applicants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a second degree in a different field.

    Same as Transfer

    Applicants wishing to take UIC courses without working towards a UIC degree.

    Same as Transfer

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    NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE UIC ANNUAL SECURITY AND FIRE SAFETY REPORT

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to share the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report with all prospective students. The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures, and fire statistics in UIC residential facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years. The full text of this report is available online on the UIC Clery Website at clery.uic.edu. If you would like to receive a copy on paper, visit the Office of Preparedness & Response, located at 1140 South Paulina Street, Suite 109, Chicago, IL 60612.

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    TDD General: (312) 355-0379

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    Chicago, IL 60607-7161

    Graduate & Professional

    The graduate and professional application process is paperless. Please do not mail materials unless expressly requested.

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    Holy bananas! The application essay prompt is posted for you!

    As many of you know, the application opens on September 1. We realize that things can get hectic and stressful senior year, so we post the essay questions early to give you the opportunity to work on them before you find yourself busy with school, activities, part-time jobs, and football games.

    Some things you should know…

    1. This year, we are asking all students (except those applying to DGS) to select a second choice major.
    • This means that you will be writing an essay that applies to each of the majors you are interested in. If your majors are similar, your essays may be very similar and that’s ok!
    1. The essay is your opportunity to tell us about you. This is not the time to rattle off how much you love Illinois (we assume everyone does) and tell us a lot of facts (that we already know). You are way more interesting than statistics at this point.
    2. The best thing you can do for your essay is to edit it. Read it aloud. Check your grammar and word choice. This is most critical and least completed step. It’s very clear when an essay hasn’t been proofread.

    The most common question I get is, “Is the essay really even used?” and the answer is a resounding YES! When reviewing applications, we use a holistic review process. The role of the essay is to demonstrate that you understand how your skills and interests fit into your major of choice and also how that relates to career goals. Additionally, the essay demonstrates that you can follow instructions and write at a collegiate level.

    So, start working on it now, get some help with proofing, and tell us who you are! We look forward to reading them!

    Please note that comments close after 90 days.

    August 1, 2015, 7:24 pm

    About the second tip, I understand that we shouldn’t just list facts about UIUC, but would it be appropriate to identify specific activities we are interested in, such as research or study abroad? Or should the focus really be on ourselves?

    Also, I love the Jennifer Lawrence gif on your bio page.

    August 3, 2015, 9:00 am

    I’m glad you appreciate my small tribute to Jennifer Lawrence. I think she’s a very funny lady! ��

    To answer your question, you are welcome to talk about research and study abroad if it plays a significant role in answering the essay question. The main point of the second tip is that we are much more interested in an essay that tells us more about the student than an essay that was written to demonstrate a strong interest in the university. We assume you’re strongly interested since you’re applying. I hope this clarifies things for you. If you have more questions or want additional explanation, please contact our office to speak to one of the admissions counselors: admissions@illinois.edu or call us at 217.333.0302.

    August 4, 2015, 10:44 am

    Can you send link to the prompt or post it? Thank you.

    August 6, 2015, 11:15 am

    The first line of the post: “Holy bananas! The application essay prompt is posted for you!” contains a hyperlink to the essay prompt.

    Let me know if you need anything else! Happy writing. ��

    August 24, 2015, 8:34 pm

    One of my friends (whose in college right now) told me that UIUC had two essay prompts when he was applying.

    The link provided only contains one prompt. Is my friend mistaken in saying

    that UIUC has two essay prompts? Or has one of the prompts been removed

    August 25, 2015, 1:05 pm

    I can understand why that would be confusing. You will be asked to write an essay for each of the majors you apply to. The prompt is the same, but your response should be customized to relate to the major(s) of interest.

    In short, there is one prompt but you will potentially be writing two essays if you’re applying with a second choice (which you are strongly encouraged to do).

    August 26, 2015, 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Sorry to bug you again, but I have one more question.

    I want to apply to the computer engineering major(as my first major) and the computer science major (as my second major). Since these two majors are very similar and are both located in the college of engineering, how would I go about writing two different essays?

    August 31, 2015, 9:35 am

    If the two majors you’re applying to are similar, your essays may also be very similar. That’s ok! Tell us about the reasons/experiences that stimulated interest in each of these areas and what you would plan to do with the corresponding degree. While they are similar programs, they are still different and your essays should reflect an understanding of these subtleties. To learn more about the similarities and differences in the programs, I suggest you reach out to the College of Engineering: engineering@illinois.edu

    September 13, 2015, 5:45 pm

    So for this essay, I’m having trouble differentiating between something interesting/unique about me and why I am interested in my major. In such a limited amount of words, where should I focus?

    September 15, 2015, 11:19 am

    Thanks for asking! I think it would be best to explain why you’re interested in your major as that more accurately answers the prompt:

    “Explain your interest in the major you selected. Describe an experience related to this area of study, what first introduced you to this field, and/or your future career goals.”

    I hope this helps!

    October 8, 2015, 11:06 am

    Should the essay have a formal tone? I have absolutely no experience writing essays for universities, so I would appreciate if you could guide me through.

    Also, is there any link which provides examples of essays that worked?

    Just one more thing, how important is this essay? I mean, is it capable of ‘making or breaking’ your decision to accept me?

    October 9, 2015, 6:22 pm

    Those are all great questions! I don’t have any examples of essays to share but I can tell you that the tone varies. I see some that are formal and others that take on funny or casual tones. It’s totally up to you. It typically works best if you write in a tone that feels most natural to you.

    While we do have a holistic review process, the essay does play a role in the decision and there have been circumstances where academically borderline students were denied or offered an alternative option based on essay. So, I encourage you to be concise, address the question in the prompt, and proofread multiple times.

    I hope this is helpful! If you have more questions, I encourage you to call our office: 217.333.0302.

    October 16, 2015, 12:26 pm

    I was just wondering wether it is mandatory that we list a second choice major. I want to major in computer science and my second choice would have been mechanical engineering but since mechanical engineering is not available as a second choice major I don’t really have another discipline in mind that I would want to major in.

    October 16, 2015, 5:54 pm

    That’s a great question. No, it is not mandatory to put a second choice program. However, it is the only way to be considered for all avenues of admission including the Division of General Studies (perhaps you can put that for a second choice).

    To learn more about our review process, see my other post: http://blog.admissions.illinois.edu/?p=20504

    I hope this is helpful.

    October 18, 2015, 10:35 am

    Hi, I am applying for Computer Science.

    Can I give a personal tone to my essay? What i mean is, not just the technical aspect of my interests, but why that makes makes me interested? My question is should the essay be more about HOW the course is significant to you, or WHAT part of the course is significant to you. Should we go into detail about the course itself? or ourselves?

    October 19, 2015, 11:36 am

    Thanks for reaching out. We would love a personal (yet appropriate) tone to your essay. We leave the prompt a little open-ended to allow space for creativity. Regardless of approaching the prompt from a “what” or “how” perspective, I think that as long as you establish a clear connection between your personal interests/goals and the opportunities available through the program, you’ll be moving in the right direction.

    I hope this helps. If you want more direction, I encourage you to call our office: 217.333.0302.

    October 20, 2015, 6:55 pm

    If you apply to DGS as your second major, must you write a second essay?

    October 23, 2015, 9:25 pm

    My essay’s word count is 430, it 30 words more than the limit. Will that matters?

    will they count anainst me?

    October 24, 2015, 12:32 pm

    I want to apply to the accountancy major as my first choice and finance major as my second choice, but I cannot get into the business school directly. For choosing the major, should I choose business unassigned for both and then write essays about these two different majors(accountancy and finance)?

    October 25, 2015, 7:03 am

    Hi! i was wondering, can my essay be 410 words? I didnt want to ruin my essay by trying to reduce the words…

    October 26, 2015, 9:24 am

    DGS as a second choice does not require a second essay (it’s the only exception). Glad to hear you’re applying!

    October 26, 2015, 9:25 am

    Hi Jacky and Shruthunjay,

    We give you a target range of 300-400 words. You need to keep your essays within that range. Good luck editing!

    October 26, 2015, 9:27 am

    Accountancy and Finance are both in the College of Business. As a freshman Business applicant, you apply to the college as a whole (Business-Unassigned) rather to the individual programs. Therefore, you will write one essay for the College of Business and another essay for whatever you choose for your second choice (unless you list DGS as your second choice-no essay required).

    I hope this helps!

    October 27, 2015, 1:28 am

    Who is the audience of the essay? Will it be somebody in my desired department? I’m afraid of mentioning technical jargon and events that may not be very meaningful to a general reader.

    October 27, 2015, 10:30 am

    Congratulations on being “That Guy” ��

    Just kidding! That’s actually a really great question to ask! Primarily your audience will be an admissions counselor (potentially yours truly!). If we don’t understand your essay due to technical jargon- we look things up. Part of what I like about being a reviewer is I get to learn so much from our applicants! There is also a chance that your application may go to college review. In that case, it will be someone from your college and/or department reading your essay.

    Long story short, a lot of people will read your essay. So, it should be accessible and easy to read but don’t be afraid to use specific vocabulary/jargon. If we don’t know it already, it’s our job to learn. ��

    Best of luck to you!

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