I would much rather learn more about the kid who wants to make better pickles.
Not surprisingly, there’s been a lot of push back about this essay change.
It’s the sort of question that’s going to prompt a lot of kids to just make stuff up.
And colleges are probably going to be flooded with cliched essays that deviate little from one another.
Pomona is a four-year undergraduate institution, and enrolled approximately 1,700 students representing all 50 states and 63 countries as of fall 2018 The college's 140-acre (57 ha) main campus is in a residential community near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Pomona currently has the lowest acceptance rate of any U. liberal arts college (7.6% for the 2018 admissions cycle), In 2018, Niche ranked Pomona as the most diverse college or university in the country; among enrolled students, 74% hail from out of state, 56% receive need-based financial aid, and 61% identify as a person of color or an international student.Eliminating Option No 6 might have forced teenagers, who wrote winning college essays to Stanford University, to change their topics.I wrote the following blog post about the creative opening lines of some of these Stanford essays: Do the censors, who put the kibosh on Option No.During the camp last summer, a representative from Cal Tech’s admission office urged the teenagers to choose the “topic of your choice” option when writing their college essay.The admission rep explained to the teenagers that it’s the one essay topic that allows them to be creative and selecting this choice would give Cal Tech a better idea of what kind of person is applying to the school.The committee, however, decided to eliminate the best essay question available – Option No. This option prompts applicants to write on: “.” The son of a friend of mine used Option No. 6, one of my nephews wrote a college essay that shared the simple joy he experienced during the many weekends that he spent volunteering at a ranch for abandoned farm animals. The first thing Ben wants to do when he returns home from his study abroad in Budapest this week is to buy lumber for the Christmas presents that he is going to make.6 when he wrote about how he would love to create a superior pickle. This animal lover, who is a freshman at Westminster College in Missouri, started his essay with a vivid description of one of his main jobs — dumping wheelbarrows full of horse manure into a huge, steaming mountain of dung near the stable. Coincidentally, the Common Application announced it was ditching this valuable option on the day I talked with a friend whose daughter had attended a summer camp at Cal Tech.Matt didn’t have to tell the admission readers in the essay that he loved animals, it came through in his story.I shudder to think how stilted the essay would have been if Matt had been stuck with Option No. Imagine how different the essay would have been if Matt had been forced to write about how Dr.I estimate that the majority of the students at this charter school were minorities and none of the students whom I assisted expressed a fear of being creative.The most vivid essay that I recall during my time volunteering was written by a young woman whose dad escaped out a bathroom window when the INS raided his workplace.