College application essays

Pepperdine:Pepperdine is a Christian university where all are welcomed and encouraged to challenge each other in the pursuit of truth. Students, faculty, and staff members from all backgrounds participate in conversations of faith inside and outside of the classroom. Considering that Pepperdine is a Christian university, why are you interested in attending and how would you contribute to conversations of faith on campus?* (500 words) 


Attending Pepperdine would give me the opportunity to expand both in my education and my faith. Pepperdine is well-known institution, and holds much prestige, this appeals to my educational interests and importance of faith. Being at Verbum Dei High School has helped me find more of myself through my faith, which is why attending a private school such as Pepperdine would be on the top of my list. I believe that Pepperdine will provide me with the education and support system I would need in order to become the best possible version of myself. To go to one of the top schools in the country would not only be an accomplishment for myself but it is a university my family can take pride in. Pepperdine will set challenges in front of me that will allow me to grow in both my education and in my faith. Another reason as to why I would want to attend Pepperdine is the location, it is in an area that I am not familiar with but is close enough to my family where they can still see me. Through Pepperdine, I will be able to become and grow into the person I aim to be after graduating. I feel I would be able to contribute to the conversations of faith by talking about my personal journey with my faith. I was never religious growing up, my family did not go to church or participate in any religious events. I feel like my journey in finding my faith would be a good way to reflect and converse about the importance I put on my faith. That is why I would love to attend Pepperdine because I will be able to express my love for my faith without the fear of being judged for having a faith to begin with. Many universities nowadays are liberal which makes it difficult to express interest in developing my faith. Having that faith driven environment is important to me, as it is a similar environment at my high school that allowed me to not only find my faith but also participate in it fully. This is something I want in my future university in order to feel completely welcomed. I will also be able to contribute to the conversation of my faith by partaking in my Chrstian faith with the community in Pepperdine, which will also allow me to develop relationships with other members of the Pepperdine community. I am hoping that I can learn more about my faith at Pepperdine, and also learn more about myself in the process. As well as contributing positively to the Pepperdine community. I am positive that attending and graduating from Pepperdine will allow me to grow as an individual with my education, faith, and at the same time develop the necessary relationships to take me further in life, career-wise and spiritually. Pepperdine provides large level of support with the aim to prepare students for academic success, which I feel I would not acquire in any other university. Pepperdine is the keystone that will help me achieve academic success.


Chapman University:

Please tell us about your interest in the major you selected (200 words or fewer).*

The two biggest factors that have inspired me to major in Business Finance have been my internship with Macerich Development; realestate company in Santa Monica; and my dual enrollment at Los Angeles Southwest College, while still attending high school. 

My internship with Macerich Development provided me with the opportunity to gain insight and experience within a corporate setting–learning about the various elements that make up the structure of this industry.  This opportunity gave me first hand insight and provided clarity to decide if this is a major I would like to pursue. 

Southwest College has rendered the opportunity to take my first step into higher education beyond  high school. In my time at Southwest college, I exposed myself to various courses and professors of different academic areas. This opportunity allowed me to explore; gain assurance; and furthered my passion in the field of business and finance. I have taken courses in accounting and business that relate to the major of Business and Finance, and have excelled in such courses. Southwest has provided an avenue to meet people of various ethnic backgrounds and learning about their motivation for pursuing higher education. Southwest set the foundation for my desire to major in Business and Finance. 


Out of the thousands of universities and colleges, why are you interested in attending Chapman? (200 words)

Chapman will provide me with the education and support system I would need in order to become the best possible version of myself. Chapman will set challenges in front of me that will allow me to grow in both my education and as a person. Chapman will give me the opportunity to grow as an individual with my education, and at the same time develop the necessary relationships to take me further in life. Chapman will allow me to pursue the career I want and be part of a community serving purposes bigger than myself. I am fully aware that Chapman provides courses of the highest quality that most certainly prepare their students for their intended field of choice. Chapman also invites their students to conduct research and take part in programs beyond the walls of a lecture hall. Chapman, unlike other universities, hold in high regards its students and its dedication to academic excellence. Chapman provides large levels of support with the aim to prepare students for academic success, which I feel I would not acquire in any other university. Chapman is the keystone that will help me achieve academic success.


Every Chapman student comes to campus with their own unique background and experiences which contributes to our community of diverse perspectives. The I Am Chapman campaign and the Chapman Diversity Project are just two of the examples that work to promote and enhance these perspectives on campus. If one of these initiatives speak to you, how would you get involved? If not, what suggestions do you have for another campus-wide initiative and how would you get this initiative off the ground? (200 words) ‘


The ‘I am Chapman’ campaign speaks to me the most because it is all about the amount of diversity that one can find on a college campus. This campaign demonstrates the unique welcoming ideas from different cultures, perspectives, and opinions. This campaign makes me feel as if regardless of my many differences, Perspectives, and opinions I will still be considered part of the Chapman community. The way I would get involved is by finding a group that has similar views and come from a similar background as my own. This will help me feel more at home on campus. Another way I would get involved is by supporting others in their many differences and not judge people just by the way that they look. I feel it I would have the biggest impact on this campaign by Being an advocate for those that often feel that their perspectives or opinions will be dismissed simply because they are different. I also feel I could get best involved by being a voice for those that feel they have no voice or they feel they are too insignificant to make any form of impact. I feel that through the iamb Chapman campaign anyone is capable of partaking in the Chapman community and being accepted in any and all forms.




List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.(150 words or less)* 


My ideal college community would be one in which I feel I have a voice. My ideal college is that where I am welcome by those around me despite my ethnic background. I would also want a community that is willing to be accepting of any and all beliefs I have so that I would not feel ostracized for my own views or opinions such as my faith in God. I would want the community that surrounds me to be as academically motivated as I am.  


List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)*

One of the books I enjoyed reading the most for our assigned reading was “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”. The reason why I enjoyed it so much was it caught me by surprise just how good of a read it was. It also made me reflect on my own life experiences which is something that not many books are able to do to me.


List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words)* 

Five people you meet in heaven, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, East of Eden.


List the titles of the print, electronic publications and websites you read regularly. (150 words)* 

LA Times,, Washington Post, and Business Insider. 


List the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainment you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words)* 

Joker, Parasite, Toy Story 4, Dolemite is my name, Knives out, The Irishman, and Marriage Story.


Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)*


What I value most about Columbia is that it is one of the top schools in the country and it has always been my goal to attend such a prestigious university. I also value the amount of diversity that Colombia has with its student body, which will benefit me socially and academically. The challenge that Columbia would give me would be something that would push me to be better in every aspect not just in my education but also for my own personal growth.

For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)*


Students at Yale have plenty of time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably?


Please indicate up to three.*Economics, Statistics and Data Science, and Econ and Mathematics


Why do these areas appeal to you? (up to approximately 100 words).* The reason why these appeal to me is that I like that numbers do not lie. When it comes to mathematics there is only one definitive answer. I fell in love with this as I further understood economics and the indirect and direct impact it can have on the lives of everyone. Math in general is something that people need and will use in life in many different ways.


What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)*

I believe that Yale will provide me with the education and support system I would need in order to become the best possible version of myself to go to one of the top schools in the country would not only be an accomplishment for myself but it is a university my family can take pride in. Yale will set challenges in front of me that will allow me to grow in both my education and in my life. As well as contributing positively to the Yale Community. By attending and graduating from Yale I will be able to develop the necessary relationships to take me further in life. 

  1. Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it? (250 words) 

A topic that has been intellectually exciting for me Would be existentialism. The reason why this topic is so interesting to me is that I was only made aware of it recently. I had never really paid much attention to philosophical ideals until I had to take of course in junior college that focused heavily on philosophical ideals. Existential is him was the one that really stood out because it focuses on The growth of an individual through a journey in life. I often Hear people say they’ve had an existential crisis but I never thought about what that meant. It wasn’t until I learned what existentialism was that it made complete sense. The reason why it was so exciting is because everyone I feel goes through some form of existential crisis in their life when they realize they have to change before they are put in a path where changes necessary for further growth. This new idea captivated my mind with all the different ways existentialism could be applied in life, work, and even education. Unlike other philosophical ideas existentialism applied to everyone in one way or another. I feel existentialism applies the most during the college years as that is when many of us experience some form of growth or experience a substantial enough change in their life that alters the path they are on. For me it is a great philosophy to have as it focuses on the individual and whatever meaning each person makes of life.


  1. Please respond to the following prompt in 250 words or fewer.
  2. Yale students, faculty, and alumni engage issues of local, national, and international importance. Discuss an issue that is significant to you and how your college experience could help you address it. An issue that is significant to me would be Homelessness. I feel my college experience will help me address it by expanding my idea of who can be susceptible to homelessness and possibly methods of preventing it. Homelessness is an issue that I feel can impact anyone and is an issue that can be easily addressed if they were just given more attention. It almost seems impossible to me that there are homeless people in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. I hope that my college experience will help guide me on a path that would form methods of providing aid to those who are homeless.


Cornell (650 words) 

The Dyson School is unique by design. What motivates you to apply to Dyson and where do you plan to go from here? *


Claremont McKenna College

What is intellectual courage?* (250 words) 


Why do you want to attend CMC?* (250 words) 


. Please respond to the prompt below with a response of no more than 200 words.*

The University of San Francisco’s Jesuit tradition emphasizes community engagement and education for social justice, inspiring our students to become passionate agents for others. How do you see yourself becoming a part of this mission? (perhaps write how I can serve as a voice for the Latino community, since I am Central American) 






Dartmouth University

Please respond in 100 words or fewer:


While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, delivered this memorable line: “It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!” As you seek admission to the Class of 2024, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest? *


Choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:*

The Hawaiian word mo’olelo is often translated as “story” but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself.

In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it?

In The Painted Drum, author Louise Erdrich ‘76 wrote, “… what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?” Tell us about something beautiful you have made or hope to make.

“Yes, books are dangerous,” young people’s novelist Pete Hautman proclaimed. “They should be dangerous—they contain ideas.” What book or story captured your imagination through the ideas it revealed to you? Share how those ideas influenced you.

“I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity.

Labor leader Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who co-founded the organization now known as United Farm Workers. She said, “We criticize and separate ourselves from the process. We’ve got to jump right in there with both feet.” Speak your truth: Talk about a time when your passion became action.





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