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I lost motivation and no longer know how to answer a prompt. What do I do?
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8. Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

I've been working on my UC essays since the middle of October, and I have finally finished three. However, I looked back on the last one I wrote about a week and a half ago, and after reviewing with my counselor I realize there is so much to fix, and I don't have the motivation to go back and fix it.

I don't want to try to answer another essay prompt, because I don't want to start with nothing as the application deadline is tomorrow.

The problem with my essay is that it's too vague, and doesn't mention specific examples of what I've done to stand out. I'm so tired and running out of patience, and I would like if someone could provide examples of what makes me stand out other than what's already mentioned on my application.

Thank you.

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I think, perhaps, it may be best to move away from "what I've done to stand out." Naturally, we put these things in our applications. Instead, move toward what you have done that stands out. I, for example, have been studying 3 languages and psychology since freshman year because of an obsession with holistic treatment. That's just a thing I do.

What's just a thing you do that maybe not many other people do? Do you have a character trait you are always complimented on? Do you have a hobby that compliments your major in a unique way?

It's not an accomplishment essay, it's a "what makes you valuable to us" essay. And, as we've been told since ever, our value is more than our academics.

I'll tell you what, if you want, I can give you my email and we can discuss it further. I feel like actually seeing what's in your application and have a back-and-forth would be beneficial. That said, you can do that with a friend or peer.

Sorry for long response. Feel free to reply and I will get back to you (probably when I wake up because I'm going to pass out immediately).

Best wishes!

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