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Yale essay prompt: What inspires you?

Hey guys! I'm working on my Yale application, and there's an essay prompt about what inspires me. Do any of you have examples or tips on how to approach this essay? I want to make sure I'm conveying my passion effectively. Thanks!

7 months ago

Hey! It's great that you're working on your Yale application. Tackling the "What inspires you?" essay prompt can be an excellent opportunity to share your unique passions and experiences. Here are some tips on how to approach this essay:

1. Reflect on your interests: Start by reflecting on what genuinely inspires and motivates you. What are you passionate about? It could be related to academics, extracurricular activities, social issues, hobbies, or anything else that fuels your curiosity and drive. Remember, the essay should be personal and genuine, so pick something that truly resonates with you.

2. Be specific: Once you've identified your inspiration, be specific about why it excites you. Don't just give a general description. Instead, try to think about the particular aspects, instances, or people that kindled your interest. Providing specific examples can effectively convey your passion and make your essay engaging.

3. Show, don't tell: When writing about your passion, rather than just stating what you feel, try to show how your inspiration has influenced your actions, choices, and accomplishments. This will not only make your essay more persuasive but also provide a clear picture of your personality and values.

4. Keep it concise and focused: This prompt is a short answer question. Stay focused on the prompt and ensure that the essay is well-structured and easy to follow. While you may feel tempted to connect your inspiration to Yale, you have the "Why Yale" essay to write about the school itself, so focus on your inspiration here.

Here's an example: maybe you’re passionate about competitive weightlifting and computer programming. You love the two very different activities because they allow you to constantly push your limits. You can always lift more, and create a more efficient program. Your response to this prompt might focus on your desire to continually improve yourself and what you’ve built.

Here's what the short answer could look like: "Sweat inspires me—the sweat on my brow when I'm weightlifting or writing a computer program. Sweat means I'm working towards something, constantly improving myself and the things I'm building."

Check out this CollegeVine blog post with more in-depth guidance on how to write the Yale essays, including this prompt: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-yale-university-essays

Good luck with your essay!

7 months ago

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