1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe
    their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success.
    Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and
    what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted
    your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. 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 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.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth
    and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging 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?
  7. 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.

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