As you sift through your “challenges” route, aim to showcase qualities like resilience, perseverance, or simply an ability to turn lemons into lemonade.
Perhaps the long commutes on the bus between home, school, and your internship taught you about time management or inspired an interest in urban planning.
As you consider your “opportunities,” keep in mind that your reflection on the event or opportunity that shaped who you are today will be a source of great insight for admissions.
Maybe being fluent in Tagalog opened up a unique opportunity for you to start an online exchange between your school and a school in the Philippines.
Perhaps you’ll teach your floor-mates about what makes for a great ice breaker.
Maybe you were raised on a farm and developed a strong work ethic at a young age as you helped your parents tend to the fields.
This prompt sounds simple enough: describe what you want to study and why you like it so much that you’re willing to dedicate four years of your life to it (at the very least).
While you might be tempted to get technical or poetic in your response, your reader will expect you to connect your intended major to some prior experience and/or passion. Lucky for you, we would have advised you to start with an anecdote anyway.
Your story should showcase your unique connection to your chosen course of study. By the end of your essay, your reader should not only know why you are passionate about your chosen major, but also what excites you about Austin’s program. Oh and a quick shoutout to all the undecideds out there: don’t worry!
If you can’t decide, then tell a story that demonstrates your wide range of interests or natural curiosity.