This year, the University of California has decided to (finally) change up from the two essay prompts (questions) they have used for many years. Instead, they now ask that students choose 4 “personal insight questions” from a list of 8. This of course is giving prospective students a new challenge when it comes to applying to schools like UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and the rest of the UC campuses.
To help students select which questions they should answer, how to compose their essays in their own style and give them some samples to help them get started, I created a course with a nominal $7 price tag to help. If you or your student is stressing out over their UC essays, you may want to consider this online course. You can learn more and read about each module of Answering the UC Personal Insight Questions course here.
Just wanted to drop a little reminder here for those of you suffering with the supplemental question essay portion of the common application. The supplemental questionnaire is designed to give schools a peek inside of you. While these are not long essays, they are a great opportunity for you to show the schools you are applying to something that they cannot find in the standard application info. The best part is that they give you a little guidance on what to write about, but you have some freedom on how you respond to them. So, do yourself a favor and spend some time here making sure that what you write is what you want them to read. This is also not a place for you to give simple or one word answers. Time to be creative.
If you are interested, the Personal Statement Blueprint has a bonus this year in that I have included my Supplemental Questionnaire Blueprint for free to users. There are tons of tips and strategies on how to respond to the prompts found in the Common Application supplements. Either way, take your time and give them something to remember you by!