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Write an essay in which you tell us about someone who has made an impact on your life and explain how and why this person is important to you.
Don't write what you think we want to hear
Don't Rewrite Your Resume
Take Your Time
The essay readers don't have a perfect essay in mind...
Don't repeat the prompt
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of Admissions / Essays
P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058
Fax essays: 512-475-7478.
There may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.
Know your deadlines
Special Circumstances Essay :
Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours. Address your initial feelings and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.
Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals.
Don't be overly informal
sentences and use transitions.
Show don't tell!
Revise, Revise, Revise!
Use a natural
Choose the Right Topic
Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?
Avoid the “Three Ds” if possible.
Personal interaction with objects, images and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks about particular issues or topics. For your intended area of study (architecture, art history, design, studio art, visual art studies/art education), describe an experience where instruction in that area or your personal interaction with an object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. What did you do to act upon your new thinking and what have you done to prepare yourself for further study in this area?
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