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I need help with a college admission essay. I'm applying to FIT for Fashion Design, and...

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Laritsa23 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM via web

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I need help with a college admission essay. I'm applying to FIT for Fashion Design, and one of the portfolio requirements is an essay with no more than 250 words. I really can't understand that question, so I hope you can help me, please.

"In 250, words or less, provide an example of when your point of view differed from a teacher or employer during an evaluation of your performance. How did you handle the situation?"

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:05 AM (Answer #1)

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A college application essay is used by the college to learn something more about you than they can learn from straight facts on forms or even recommendations from other people. They want to hear your voice, so it is essential that you write this essay in a way that reflects who you are. 

The specific question you were asked seems designed to see how you handle conflict and how you conduct yourself in the face of at least some adversity. 

In 250, words or less, provide an example of when your point of view differed from a teacher or employer during an evaluation of your performance. How did you handle the situation?

Think of a time when you disagreed with a teacher and verbalized your point of view. Perhaps you had to make your case for a higher score on an exam or you did not agree with a position a teacher spoke as truth and you felt you had to speak up. If you have ever been evaluated by an employer (a boss of any kind) and did not agree with the assessment, how did you address it? 

The point, of course, is that you must reveal something about yourself. Find a way to accentuate your best traits and still answer the question.

The biggest pitfall that college applicants fall into is not addressing the question. Remember that the question is just a means by which the college is trying to get to know you better. What should they most know about you? What is your biggest selling point?

I have also attached a great eNotes site which will give you some invaluable help on how to write a college application essay. 

Lori Steinbach

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