College Essay Role Playing Activity: Creative Writing-Fall 2013



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College Essay Role Playing Activity: Creative Writing-Fall 2013

Directions: Break up into groups of 4-5 students and assume that you are a group of Admissions Officers for a college or university. Admissions time is hectic, and you only have 3 opening left for incoming freshmen, but 5 applications to consider. The achievements of the remaining 5 applicants is very similar, therefore the decision will come down to the applicants’ essays.

In your group, read the packet of 5 essays. Rank your essays on a scale of 1-5 (1 being best/5 being worst) and develop a rationale for your choices. Why did you rank the essays the way you did? What made a particular essay stand out as a great essay or fade into the background? Remember, peoples’ lives are in your hands, so make wise decisions.

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The sample essay below comes from Richard in response to the new Common Application essay option #2: "Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?"



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