美国留学文书写作 各大名校招生官对申请文书的建议

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摘要:申请文书是申请资料中最重要的一个部分,直接影响一份申请的最终成败。很多申请人(尤其本科申请人)在面对申请文书时很迷茫,不知道要怎么入手或者要写出怎样的文书才能impress招生办。下面我们来看看各大学校的招生官是怎么建议文书写作的。

1.通过个人经历

Abigail Conyers是Williams College的招生官,她这样说道:

"One stellar essay I read this past year was about language. The applicant wanted to study languages and neuroscience at Williams. He talked in his essay about how he developed a love of language through sharing stories with his grandmother, who developed dementia. To help understand her disease, he joined a neuroscience lab.

He wanted to continue to study how the brain processes language and potentially come to understand dementia more deeply.

All these elements of the student's life were sprinkled throughout his application, but he was really able to tie all the experiences together to give the admissions committee a sense of what he cared deeply about."

2.BE YOURSELF

Be Yourself一直是各个学校反复强调的一个principle。然而这决不是口头说说,这的确是最真实的overarching principle。Middlebury的招生官Sam Prouty这样说:

Be true to yourself: Some college essays are really funny. He read one this past year about a student who collects Pez dispensers – the student even has storage units for the collection. The essay offered a hilarious take on people's odd reactions every time the student unveiled this passion. It was not only the content, but the way the student wrote about the subject that caught Prouty's attention.

"This process is not one in which that we want to see evidence that you are just like everybody else. It's the opposite. We want to get to know your quirks and your individual personality traits," he says. "If you are funny you should be funny, if you are not funny, you probably shouldn't try, but if you have a story to tell, then tell us that story."

J.T. Duck是Swarthmore College的招生主任, again,他也强调了stay true to yourself的重要性:

Show what student you'll be: Duck read an essay recently by a self-described "bro," a hyper-masculine "guy's guy." The applicant talked about going to school every day and "bro-ing" it out with his friends. But after school, he would go home, log onto multiplayer online video games and talk virtually with his friends about vulnerable subjects, such as being turned down for a date.

"This young man wrote about playing video games with his 'bro' friends, but what I gleaned from that is how he makes connections with other people," Duck says.

3.通过你的过去经历阐述你的未来设想

Dartmouth的招生主任Lee Coffin说:

"an applicant described his role behind the scenes in theater as a member of the set crew, the stage manager and someone who lets the magic happen. It gave a very clear description of the role he would play on campus and why the applicant wants to study drama."

Sometimes applicants are looking for a "wow" factor, Coffin says. They may try to create the perfect piece of writing and end up with an essay that doesn't add anything.

4.要和学校“Match”

无需置疑,再好的申请人,但是和学校的风格并不符合那自然也得不到青睐。Caltech的招生官Jarrid Whitney也强调了match的重要性:

Be relevant: Caltech applicants should demonstrate their passion for math and science, and that doesn't necessarily have to be through a structured school activity. It could be tinkering in a garage or building computers.

Whitney reads a lot of essays about how a passion for Legos as a child led applicants to desire a career as an engineer. While choosing a common topic like this for an essay can work, it's tricky. The best Lego essays are the ones that tie the experience into something more recent and relevant.

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