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Crafting a Yale Supplemental Essay: Tips and Tricks?

Starting to freak out a little about college essays - any Yale admits willing to share advice on how to tackle the supplemental essays? What makes them stand out?

7 months ago

Absolutely, it can be a bit daunting at first, but once you get started, it'll become easier. My son was accepted to Yale, and one thing that made his supplemental essays stand out was the authenticity of his voice and the specificity of his interests. He connected his experiences to Yale's unique opportunities, like specific courses and extracurricular clubs that related directly to his intended major. He also referenced Yale's mission and values, showing that he had done his research and was aligned with the school's culture.

Be genuine about why you're a good fit for Yale, not why Yale is a good fit for anybody. For example, instead of saying you're excited about their stellar faculty in general, mention a professor whose work inspires you and why. Lastly, while addressing the prompts, make sure your responses add new insights into who you are beyond what's already in your application. Good luck!

7 months ago

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