Epass Status 2015-16 Apply Texas Essays

Application Deadlines:



Round 1: Application deadline: October 13, 2015 at 11:59pm CT, decision date: December 17, 2015
Round 2: Application deadline: January 12, 2016 at 11:59pm CT, decision date: March 29, 2016
Round 3: Final application deadline: March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm CT, decision date: May 12, 2016
You may review the 2015-2016 Applications Essay Topics here.

Essay 1: At The University of Texas at Austin, what starts here changes the world. You are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2018, meeting your cohort for the first time. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, including relevant information about your personal and professional life.

Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.
Write an essay (250 words)
Share a video introduction (one minute)
Share your about.me profile



Like last two years, UT Austin requires the applicants to write an essay on introduction to their class mates. McCombs allows them to delve on their personal as well as professional attributes in 250 words. This essay, in terms of the topic and the medium of communication, provides applicants with a flexibility and freedom to showcase their creative side. It is asking you to introduce yourself to your peers, so you should convey your best side and talk about the traits that you feel are the best in you. Considering this is your first encounter with them, you should highlight your personal and professional accomplishments, your hobbies, your history (background), and issues that pique your interest. The motive is to tell you future class mates who you really are.

To showcase your creativity, McCombs offers you a choice of three modes of communication. , You should pick the format that works best for you. If you are an introvert, or if you love to write , you may select the ‘essay mode’ for sure. If you have an artistic bent of mind and are good with visuals and graphics, you may pick the about.me option. An about.me profile is simply a written expression about you which also includes visuals, giving you an option to use your creativity to the fullest.

If you are an extrovert, you may find the video mode more exciting. A video essay allows applicants not only to be more creative but also imaginative. So you may use your own imagination, focusing more on the things that you like and would want to share. For example, if you plan to share your culinary skills with your class mates, you may consider shooting the one minute video in your kitchen.

I am sure it will be fun doing a video essay ; however, it is my understanding that it would demand¬¬¬ more time than a regular essay. (this doesn't imply that crafting an 'introduction' essay is easy) So you may experiment with it if you can invest significant amount of time to make sure that you grab the attention of your audience not only through your words, but also through your body language and facial expressions . And remember your challenge is to say it all in a one minute video.

Before you submit your response to this essay, have a trusted friend or colleague look it over to let you know if you have crafted a compelling piece. As they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression, so whichever medium you choose, dedicate the work necessary to ensure that your introduction is both engaging and true to who you really are.

Essay 2: The McCombs School of Business is where leadership is earned. We have an inclusive environment where our dynamic and driven students take an active role in the Texas MBA community. Please discuss why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you, what you hope to achieve, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience. (500 words)



This year, McCombs has slightly refined the second essay question . Last year, the applicants were asked to share what they hope to gain from the Texas MBA program both personally and professionally, in addition to why McCombs was the right program for them and what impact they will make on their classmates. This year the phase ‘personally and professionally has been omitted and the applicants are encouraged to focus their responses on what they hope to achieve while at McCombs, why McCombs is right for them, and what they will contribute to their classmates’ experience.” Also, McCombs is interested in learning more about your leadership potential.To address the first part of the question, explain why you wish to pursue MBA . Then, discuss why you are choosing McCombs and how various resources at Texas will help you fulfill your personal and professional needs and objectives and would aid in shaping up your future, the way you see it.

To compose a solid response to this question, you need to do a thorough research of the resources and offerings of Mc Combs. You may also get in touch with the currents students and alumni to get insider’s perspective on their experience. If possible, visit the campus, attend a class, talk to faculty or other people to get feel of the school’s culture. This will help you determine your ‘fit’ with the school.

Please refer to the following example:

Example:

“My past experiences, the knowledge gained in the classroom, Mc Comb’s extensive NGO network, and the Net Impact club will equip me with skills to operate an NGO, helping me realize my dream of opening my own NGO.”

To address the second part of the question, you should highlight your attributes, your strengths which you would be bringing to the Texas community. Focus on mentioning about your work in two or three clubs and elaborate on that, showing how you think it will groom your personality and how you will bring those traits to the classroom and enrich your class mates’ experience. You may want to show your contribution by creating something new on campus e.g. a new club or a community event, or by leading it.
Now, say, you could talk about your passion for soccer and how you could enrich the Soccer Club.

Example:

‘Having a rich experience of being on the field and being best friends with the ball for more than a decade, I feel I can bring that to the McCombs Soccer Club and lead to the enhancement of the games..’

Lastly ,do not forget to showcase how you will imbibe the collaborative culture of McCombs and add value to it.

Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)


An optional essay is an opportunity for you to give the Ad Com relevant information that you could not provide in other essays or other parts of your application essays, recommendation letters and resume. This question is also meant to shine a spotlight on an experience or side of your personality that has not been revealed in the other parts of your application.

To provide context for a weakness in your profile, like low GPA or GMAT or a gap in your job history, make sure your reason is genuine to convince them that your low grades occurred due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control. Also, keep in mind that your story should not only explain that particular weakness in your profile, but also bring out your other strong personality traits. That means your response should be positive and should not sound like you are making excuses for a weakness in your profile.

Below is an example of an optional essay written by a military candidate to explain his low grades:

Example:

“Although my leadership experiences in the military taught me many valuable lessons in teamwork, perseverance, and management, through all my responsibilities, it impacted my grades. Thus, I do not view my undergraduate performance as an accurate representation of my academic abilities. I certainly deserved all the grades I received; I earned them. However, I hope the above reasons will assist you in understanding my particular situation. I grew from this experience and took a dedicated approach to professional education. I would respectfully ask the admission committee consider this when reviewing my application.”

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UPDATE as of July 13, 2017:

ApplyTexas CHANGED prompt requirements for incoming freshmen for Fall 2018!!

Click to see new requirements: Learn about changes.

To sum them up: Students must write one core, personal-statement type essay about their background (Same Prompt A as before), and three short answers about their Career Plans, Academics and Leadership (under 300 words each.)

*Below is the original post I wrote about UT essay requirements in 2016. All advice on how to strategize for Prompt A still applies perfectly. Incoming freshmen no longer need to write essays for Prompts B and C; instead they need to write the new 3 short answer essays (refer to ApplyTexas web site for details).

ORIGINAL POST BELOW:

*(Only the advice for Prompt A is still relevant!)

ApplyTexas, which handles the applications for the public universities in Texas, as well as many private colleges, has announced on its web site that they have all-new essay prompts for Fall 2017.

These new ApplyTexas essays apply to students who would be starting as freshman in Fall 2017, and applying to schools such as the University of Texas at Austin, or its other locations, as well as other Texas colleges.

They replaced the three main prompts, called Topic A, Topic B and Topic C, with new questions.

Though the ApplyTexas essays don’t specific a word count, I believe a good average for each essay is around 500 words.

Here are the new instructions for new ApplyTexas essays:

ApplyTexas Essay Prompts A, B and C For U.S. Freshman and International Freshman Applications Slated to replace current ApplyTexas essay choices A, B and C For inclusion in ApplyTexas applications for the 2017-2018 cycle (Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 – opening 8/1/16)

(Essays for Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 Applications are NOT changing.)

Topic A: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

Topic B: Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.

Topic C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

If you are just starting brainstorming ideas for these ApplyTexas essays, I have some ideas for you that I have written about in posts about similar essay prompts. And news one for you, too!

 

IDEAS FOR
APPLYTEXAS ESSAYS:
TOPIC A

Topic A: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

For Topic A, I would suggest you learn how to write about “the environment in which you were raised” by first thinking about your background.

This is also sometime referred to as the “world” you come from, or your “roots.” It can mean anything about your past experiences involving your “family, home, neighborhood, or community.”

In essence, I believe this prompt wants you to write about something in your background (family, home, neighborhood, or community) that has “shaped” or defined you in some way.

As in writing about your “world,” one big tip is to focus your essay and not try to write about more than one of these parts of your background. Pick only one, such as “family” or “community,” and then focus in even more on what you want to say about it.

The other advice is to not simply describe one of these (family, home, neighborhood, etc.), but find something that happened involving those environments that “shaped you as a person.”

Hint: To find a mini-story (anecdote) about something that happened that you can use to illustrate how your background shaped you, think back about “times” you faced some type of problem (aka challenge, mistake, set-back, obstacles, change, etc.)

Also, try to identify one core value (what you care most about) you developed in handling the problem (Example core values: Integrity, honesty, truth, generosity, gratitude, reverence, kindness, individuality, courage, passion, creativity, open-mindedness, loyalty, fun-loving, etc.)

When you write about how your environment shaped you, pick one core quality that you value in life to showcase and your essay will have a strong focus, which you want!

Note there are two parts to this question, so you make sure to answer both parts:

  1. Describe something from your background (something that happened is best!)
  2. Explain HOW it shaped you (what you learned related to your core quality)

So you could start your essay describing something that happened related to your family, home, neighborhood or community. (The first paragraph or two)

Then you could go into how that made you feel, what you thought about it, and then how you responded to it. (Another paragraph or two on this)

In order to explain how it shaped you, then continue by explaining what you learned from that experience—about yourself, others and even the world.

This is where you can reflect, analyze and explain what you learned from dealing with that problem, and also talk about how you either used your core value in the process, or had that core value tested or developed further. (This is the meat of your essay; two or three paragraphs)

Did it change you in any way? If so, share how.

Conclude by sharing how you believe you will use or apply whatever you learned about yourself and the world in your future goals and dreams. (One paragraph.)

Here’s a more specific Sample Outline for Prompt A:

  1. Share moment, incident or “a time” from your background when SOMETHING HAPPENED. Include some type of problem. (One to two paragraphs ONLY!)
  2. Go back and describe what led up to this moment (the “back story”). Then explain how you handled the problem; the steps you took. Include how you felt. (One to two paragraphs)
  3. Share what you learned from handling the problem. Focus on one core quality that it helped you develop or was tested. What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world. What was the upside? (One to two paragraphs)
  4. Conclusion: Give status update on the problem you shared. Explain again what you learned in one sentence. Then share how you intend to use what you learned to help you meet your future goals. (One paragraph)

To learn more on how to write an essay about something from your background that shaped you, check out How to Write a College App Essay in 3 Steps.

 

IDEAS FOR
APPLYTEXAS ESSAYS:
TOPIC B

Topic B: Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.

Good news on this new prompt!

It’s very similar to the first of the five prompts for The Common Application.

(You can recycle an idea you had for this Topic B to Prompt 1 of the Common App or consider using this essay to inspire your Prompt 1 essay for the Common App!)

Read How to Answer Common App Prompt 1 to get some ideas on how to write about an identity, interest or talent you have.

Again, it’s crucial to give a sharp focus to your essay, and the best way is to think of a specific example or “time” you can use to illustrate something about the identity, interest or talent you want to showcase in your essay.

Then you can go into how it makes you feel, what you learned about it and yourself, the good and bad of it, and why it matters to you.

I think this Topic B is your best place of the three new ApplyTexas essays to feature your area of interest or what you intend to major in or study in college. So include that if it fits.

For example, if you know you want to study business, try to think of something specific that happened that related to your “interest” in that field. Same with other fields, such as medicine, law, computer science, engineering, nursing, art, etc.

Not everyone knows what they want to study, and that’s fine. You can still write a great essay for this prompt.

But if you do know, try to work it in. The UT, and most colleges, likes students who have a plan!

 

 

IDEAS FOR
applytexas essays:
TOPIC C

Topic C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Wow! Now this is a fun, almost whacky new prompt!

Since Topic C is playful and creative, this is your chance to display similar qualities in your essay.

They want you to use your imagination and think out of the box.

I believe the goal is to see your personality, sense of humor and dreams.

So the idea is you can go anywhere you want.

It can be your first time there or somewhere you’ve been before.

The most creative part of this prompt is the last question: What will happen when you get there?

Yes, you get to totally make up a story.

If this stumps you, try thinking up some type of problem that comes up in this place you land.

That way you inject some action and interest. Otherwise, you will find yourself simply describing this new place, and that could end up on the dull side.

By sharing you how handled that problems—be it big or small—your fun little essay will also end up highlighting something about you. That will give it focus and also reveal a piece of you that sets you apart from other students.

 

 

Have a little fun with this essay. Maybe your ticket is to Mars. Or to a country of your family’s origin and culture. Or to the town of a friend you haven’t seen in years.

The ticket could be for any mode of transportation—from airplanes, busses and trains to helium balloons and Disneyland.

It could even be a ticket to the future, or the past.

Just make sure something happens there, and describe how you reacted, dealt with it and learned.

Finally, if you know what you want to study or major in at your target Texas college or university, I would try to link your fantasy travel essay to that field.

For example, if you want to study biology, maybe imagine time travel back to the days of Darwin and visit the Galapagos Islands.

Try to brainstorm places you could “go” where you would be likely to have some type of experience related to your field of interest.

This is a terrific opportunity for you to showcase what you want to study in this essay, and most schools love to see this!

I really like these new ApplyTexas essays and think they give you an opportunity to showcase three distinct parts of yourself.

Make sure that those three parts do show different things about you, and don’t overlap.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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