Briefs from Undergraduate Admissions Officers

From Dr. Douglas Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at Vanderbilt University:

An essay is the one chance each student has to offer college/university enlightenment into his/her deepest beliefs, dreams personal reality and aspirations. Students should utilize this opportunity to their advantage to allow admissions officers’ insight past their grades and test scores. Students can expound why they may have been a slip in grades or other various life events, which may have altered their high school careers. Other than the expertise, more importantly admissions officers’ focus on what the student discloses regarding how the incident altered his/her life, how he/she has grown and arrived at different choices as a result of the incident, and how he/she has enhanced his/her life circle in the end.Continue reading