Tcu Essay Requirements For Apply Texas
We are looking at applying to Texas Christian University, but are confused about which application to submit. It looks like there are three options: the TCU online application, the Common Application, and the Apply Texas application. Which application should we use? Does it matter?
First, your choice of application will not matter to the university. TCU will view each of the three applications equally. So your decision should be based on which of the options will present your strengths. Which application will allow you to express yourself best? Does one application allow more space to list your numerous activities? Does one ask short answer questions you would like to address? Will one application better allow you to stand out as an applicant?
Let me back up a minute and explain the various common applications, which weren’t around when I was completing applications on the old manual typewriter. The Common Application was developed to save students time. Fill out one application; send it to all the schools on your list and you don’t need to waste time entering the same information into multiple applications.
The “Common App” (CommonApp.org) is currently accepted by over 450 colleges and universities; many of these are private schools. The idea was to make the admissions process more uniform and save students time in entering the same information over and over. (This was actually how I learned my Social Security number back in the day when that was one’s application ID number.) However, many universities have added additional questions, or “Supplements” to the Common App. They are designed to provide information unique to a particular school. However, with so many schools requesting specialized supplements, it may not save you time to chose the Common App over a school specific application.
Texas, not to be outdone, has its own common application the “Apply Texas App” (ApplyTexas.org). Very similar in concept to the Common App, the Apply Texas App allows students to apply to all the state universities and some of the private schools in Texas. The format and questions differ from what is found on the Common App, but the ideas are the same.
Finally, many colleges and universities have their own applications that can be submitted online through that school’s admissions site. Again, the questions are similar overall, but may have a few differences that can be significant to you.
So how should you decide?
Look at all your options. What are the essay choices? How many short answer questions are there? How will your resume information fit into each application? If everything is equal, pick the application that is easiest for you, usually a common one you are already submitting elsewhere. However, you may find the little extra time in data entry is well worth the chance to clearly and fully explain why you are an ideal match for that particular school.
Following the pattern established by the prompt, you will want to choose a short mission statement that is no more than a sentence long. The bulk of your essay will be spent parsing that statement and showing how its words are carefully chosen to reflect the way you have moved through the world and what you hope to accomplish.
The important part about this mission statement is not so much the statement itself as how you use that statement as a launching pad to tell the admissions officers a story about your life that they would not be able to get from looking at your activities list and your grades.
To craft the best possible answer to this question, you can brainstorm in two different ways.
First, you can try to think up a mission statement and then reflect on your life and the stories that might support that statement. For example, maybe you can say that “what gets me up every morning is the desire to serve those who have been marginalized.” You might next tell a specific story about how you interned for an organization that was trying to help those who had been released from prison to find employment. What did you learn from that experience, not only about yourself as an individual, but also about the world in which you live?
Maybe after you start writing your story, you will want to go back and change your mission statement to better set up the story you want to tell. For example, maybe you learned that in many states those convicted with felony charges are barred from voting after they have served their sentences. Perhaps learning this fact got you involved in doing more than just trying to help individual former prisoners find jobs; maybe it also lead you to advocate for new laws.
In light of these developments, you might want to go back and edit your initial mission statement a little bit: “What gets me up every day is the desire to serve those who have been marginalized, both by addressing their individual needs and advocating for changing the system that marginalized them in the first place.”
But maybe you do not have any one particular focus that lets you tell a single, coherent story. A second way to approach this prompt is to think about several things that are important to you. Maybe you really love playing flute in your local district orchestra, tutoring kids in math, and also hearing your grandmother tell stories. With some careful thinking, you might see that there is a theme that connects these diverse experiences together. You can write a mission statement that expresses that theme.
After careful consideration, you might notice that all these activities require you to listen, with care and attention. Maybe your mission statement is “listening is an act of love.”
As a musician, you know that you can’t just stare at the page and move your fingers, playing your own part in a perpetual solo — you need to move with others. As a math tutor you know that your job is not just to dispense knowledge from on high but rather to listen to your students and try to figure out why they are having trouble. And maybe you learned the value of listening most of all from your grandmother who would never just “tell” you stories, but would always ask what you thought about the world around you and would listen as you tried to make sense of it all.
Use your essay to explore that theme.