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Bryn Athyn College of the New Church

Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania4-yearPrivate

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Bryn Athyn College of the New Church’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Select-A-Prompt Essay

Not Required

At Bryn Athyn College, you will be encouraged to explore your own spiritual beliefs in potentially new and different ways. Please tell us how this aspect of the Bryn Athyn experience fits your goals for your college experience.
Please respond to one of the following quotes to explain why you think Bryn Athyn College is a good fit for you.

Option 1

A place is provided in heaven for all who lead good lives, no matter what their religion may be." - Emmanuel Swedenborg

Option 2

"We please God better with useful deeds than with many prayers." - Helen Keller

Option 3

"Knowing a lot makes no difference if we do not live by what we know, since the only point in knowing anything is to be shaped into a good person." - Emmanuel Swedenborg

Common App Personal Essay

650 words

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.

Option 1

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.

Option 2

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Option 3

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Option 4

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

Option 5

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Option 6

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?

Option 7

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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