Thursday, August 23, 2007

College Application Question

Aug 20-27, 2007, p. 59.

The Search for Authenticity

By Bruce Poch

A tale circulating among my colleagues at other colleges tells of a student's taking a rather iteral approach to these application instructions: "Ask yourself a question and give us the answer." The student wrote: "Do you play the tuba?" The answer: "No." In the anecdote, some of the admissions officers were irritated by the cryptic reply; others praised it as uniquely revealing. It certainly meshed with teacher recommendations, which described the student as a bright risk-taker who didn't worship at the altar of grades.

Colleagues who hear the story and who think the student's essay was smart, sassy and fun aren't surprised to learn he was accepted at a top school. [...]