College Buzzword of the Day: AUTHENTIC
The Class of 2023 is currently immersed in writing the dreaded “personal essay.” Dreaded because instead of being proud of who they are, students often feel pressure to manufacture exceptionalism. College admissions officers say they are looking for authenticity, but students are unsure of how to deliver that narrative. One of my favorite quotes on the subject is by Wendy Beckemeyer, Vice President for Enrollment Management for Cornell College:
“Being authentic means revealing the best version of yourself in your college application materials, not the best version of someone else. Colleges appreciate honest self-reflection in your writing samples or essays. It is a difficult request. Honest self-reflection is a lifelong process. However, colleges do not expect you to know the end of your story…they are interested in hearing more about where you are right now, as a high school student. Tell us what you care about, your successes, your challenges, why you are interested in a certain major, or why you don’t know yet which major is of interest to you. Tell us something that only a few close relatives or friends know about you.”
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