While this essay asks you to “anticipate” what you will be like as a student at UD, that does not mean they are asking for idle speculation. A strong response to this essay will show how your projection connects back to your experiences. Once you start thinking about the question in these terms, then you can use your 200 words to start sharing some things with the admissions committee that they may not have been able to learn from reviewing your grades and test scores.
For example, you might say that you will be excited to start participating in small seminar discussions about literature because all throughout high school one of your favorite activities was going to the science fiction and fantasy book club. Nothing makes you happier than getting into an argument about the racial politics of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (are the orcs really bad guys who can be killed with impunity?). Maybe outside the classroom, you will want to continue volunteering as a reading coach at a local elementary school in preparation for your intended career as a teacher.
As you talk about what excites you inside and outside the classroom, you will want to try to make sure that those two things are related. In the example I’ve been discussing, there is a common theme: a love of reading.
On the whole, you will want to stick to talking about academic and community-service topics. This is not the time to say that you are excited about going to parties and experimenting with alcohol. If the social aspects of college really are part of what quickens your pulse, you can talk about that in a more wholesome manner. Maybe event-planning has always been your passion in high school, and you look forward to organizing student days for UD’s Athletics program.
But there is one more part in this question that adds a considerable amount of depth. UD not only wants to know where you will expect to thrive, but also what kinds of challenges you will expect to face. Here, it is okay to be a little bit vulnerable. It can often seem like the college admissions process is asking you to trumpet an endless line of success stories, but this part of the essay wants to see if you are good at recognizing your own limitations and figuring out ways to manage them.
Maybe you are really close to your family, and you know you will miss being able to spend time with your brothers around the house. Whenever you talk about areas where you will have to stretch yourself, you will probably also want to offer a sentence softening the blow and saying that, even if you know you will be challenged, you are still looking forward to facing that challenge. If you know you are going to miss your family, you can also say that you are looking forward to sharing your college experiences with your little brothers and encouraging them to attend college as well.
Paper instructions from customer:
Find a popular science source and look for an article about physical sciences or technology (physics, chemistry, geosciences, meteorology, astronomy - not biology or health). It should be a reliable article. You need to read the article and available related source materials to understand what is being said and what the point of the article is. From what you comprehend from your reading, write a 3-page literature review.
Your summary should include references for the article and any supplementary articles you may have used to help you understand the content of the article (at least 5 sources in total).
This small project aims to help students to be familiar with numerous popular sources of science, be comfortable with reading and comprehending these sources, and practice communicating the information gained to your peers.
Examples of sources are:
- The New York Times (which has a science section every Tuesday) available online at www.nytimes.com
- Science News (a brief but excellent newsletter available in many libraries and on newsstands)
- Popular Science, Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, National Geographic, or a similar publication of such scholarly value.