AP – purpose of supplement essays

DO: Be authentic
DON’T: Be overly frilly/formal/casual

DO: Give a well rounded application (different topics for different essays)
DON’T: Spread yourself too thin

DO: Have a strong spine (theme, idea, crux) for each essay
DON’T: Use the same type of spine for every essay

DO: Apply to 2 stretch, 2 mid, and 2 safety
DON’T: put all your eggs in one basket

DO: Ask for letters of recommendation early
DON’T: Forget to follow up – we like to know where you decide to go/ write a thank you

DO: Have a distinctive voice
DON’T: be flat, overly emotive — make sure your tone matches your audience and purpose (Ethos hinges on Logos and Pathos — need ’em all)


Pick a supplement essay to work with and write – in class or in the lab

These are from Tufts. If you have a specific college you would like to use, go find them 🙂

Think outside the box as you answer the following questions.  Take a risk and go somewhere unexpected.  Be serious if the moment calls for it but feel comfortable being playful if that suits you, too. The suggested length for question 3 is 200-250 words.

  1. Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (50–100 words)
  2. There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood or community – and how it influenced the person you are today. (200–250 words)
  3. Now we’d like to know a little bit more about you.  Please respond to one of the following six questions:A) “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people,” Virginia Woolf.  Respond to Woolf’s quote in the medium of your choice: prose, video (one minute), blog, digital portfolio, slam poetry…  For media other than writing, please share a link (video can be submitted via YouTube but we recommend using a privacy setting) that is easily accessible.

    B) What makes you happy?

    C) Sports, science and society are filled with rules, theories and laws like the Ninth Commandment, PV=nRT, Occam’s Razor, and The Law of Diminishing Returns. Three strikes and you’re out. “I” before “E” except after “C.” Warm air rises. Pick one and explain its significance to you.

    D) Celebrate your nerdy side.

    E) The ancient Romans started it when they coined the phrase “Carpe diem.” Jonathan Larson proclaimed “No day but today!” and most recently, Drake explained You Only Live Once (YOLO).  Have you ever seized the day? Lived like there was no tomorrow?  Or perhaps you plan to shout YOLO while jumping into something in the future. What does #YOLO mean to you?

    F) Boston is famous for its teams, its fans and its rivalries.  Whether you are goaltending or cheering from the stands, celebrate the role sports plays in your life.


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