Student Application Essay Information


Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

Using your own writer's "voice," illustrate to the selection committee how a new idea has stretched your mind. In several well-written paragraphs, specifically describe the idea, its source, and the lasting impact of this new idea in your life. A successful essay will enable the selection committee to see and hear what makes you unique. The committee will be looking for creativity, originality, honesty, clarity of expression, evidence of integrity and sincerity, tenacity of purpose, imagination, and an ability to organize one's thoughts.


The essay cannot exceed 4500 characters (approximately 700 words).