For the CommonApp essay, should I write about my interest in theatre even though I want to pursue a career in business?
This would answer the prompt, "Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story."
"Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?" (I haven’t decided which one yet).
I want to tie my interest in musical theater to my personal traits that will help me be a better student, like being analytical, empathetic, creative, etc. I will talk about how the interest started, why I like it, my own experiences in theatre, stuff like that.
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I think that it could make a good essay if you are able to connect theater to your future in business. How you described it at the end would work well if you could use those traits to explain how theater has led you to grow in attributes that will help you in the future as you pursue business. That would be an interesting connection and would make for a unique essay if done nicely. If you have something you'd like to focus on in business, you could use theater just as an anecdote to start the essay as well.
I think it would be a great topic to write about. If you can clearly show the traits you gained from theatre and apply that to why you want to pursue business it would be really strong. For example, you could first start off by talking about your theatre experiences and then near the conclusion you could say something like... You might think I want to pursue theatre ... but I actually want to study business in college. It's kind of like a surprise for the admission officers. Just make sure you clearly link personality traits that relate to business.