EXERCISE #1: BRAINSTORMING
First please complete our Brainstorming Worksheet. The worksheet is a .PDF file and requires the free Adobe Acrobat viewer. If you do not yet have the free viewer, please click here to download it.
After Completing the Worksheet…
You should now have between 25 and 75 potential essay topics. The next step is to narrow this list down to the topics that are most suited to an admissions essay. For each item listed above, answer the following questions. Some of your ideas may reveal themselves as dull, while you will find plenty to discuss for others.
For each of the personal characteristics or skills you have listed, ask:
Does it distinguish me from others I know?
How did I develop this attribute?
For each of the activities you have listed, ask:
What made me join this activity?
What made me continue to contribute to it?
For each event in your life you have listed, ask:
Why do I remember this particular event?
Did it change me as a person?
How did I react?
Was the event a moment of epiphany, as if my eyes saw something to which they had previously been blind?