Write-on Wednesdays: the "failure essay"

Recorded Wednesday, May 5 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Failure isn’t easy, but it is a universal part of life — and it’ll undoubtedly be a part of your journey to college, in some shape or form. As a result, colleges will often ask students to recount a time they failed at something and how they grew from the experience. Answering this type of prompt is no easy feat, but do not fear — Shravya is here to help you make the best of the situation (and potentially get a meaningful reflection out of it)!

In this special episode of WOW, Shravya will be providing a full breakdown of everything you need to know about the failure essay, including: what admissions officers are looking for, common mistakes to avoid, and general tips for writing. She’ll also go through an example of an essay or two on-air so you can see how admissions officers would critique this kind of essay.

Shravya will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about the failure essay.

Your host

Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
37:06@mLR:Hello, i'm really new to thiss exactly what do I have to write in my essays for USC? Can you help me please
42:27@PolarBear:Can and how do they separate the truth from the ...
45:12@Angelica_:How do I avoid clichés in my essay?
47:11@Marco123:What if the activities involved in my failure may not align with my personal interest(intended major)?
51:50@Angelica_:What do I do if I can't find anything to write about?


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