.What concept in your anticipated major were you most proud of mastering (I DON"T GET WHAT TO WRITE!)  WHAT DOES THIS common app question for *BROWN university* mean? 3. What concept in your...

.What concept in your anticipated major were you most proud of mastering (I DON"T GET WHAT TO WRITE!)  

WHAT DOES THIS common app question for *BROWN university* mean?

3. What concept in your anticipated major were you most proud of mastering?

????? I mean i like computer science.. but I haven't mastered anything in that field? How do they expect a high school student to be a master in a certain area?

IT WOULD BE SOOO HELPFUL IF SOMEONE COULD PASTE WHAT THEY WROTE. FOR THIS QUESION..

thanks.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Think about your future major. Then imagine what you will need to learn. This question is basically asking you to describe which concept you are most excited about learning. You might want to look at a sample syllabus for the courses in your major if you can get one.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that clarification can be offered here.  Prior to the outset, I have to stress that seeking insight on a particular question is worthwhile, but the final answer for any application question has to come from one's own experience and sense of understanding.  In my mind, I think that the question is seeking to find out which particular area in your proposed field of study represents your own passion or area of significant accomplishment.  I certainly don't think that they are expecting you to have written a dissertation or something, but rather I think that you are supposed to comment on where you have shown potential promise in your proposed field of study.  In your case, what endeavors have you taken in computer science that might serve to increase your passion for continuing your study in it?  The term "master" has to be navigated here.  If you have written a particular program or contributed to a particular computer science design, then I think that delving into this might be a good thing.  Perhaps the larger issue here is what is it about computer science has you thinking of taking this as a major?  The application is assessing your ability to write about yourself in delving into who you are.  The answer might be secondary to this.  They are not looking for you to be a chief program designer at Microsoft, or having patented the new structural designs for the Apple 5 iPhone.  Rather, they want to know where your focus might lie in computer design.  Reflection and rumination might be a good start in this process.

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kristencwiseman | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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I believe that you need to rexamine your definition of "mastering" a concept.  It doesn't have to mean writing your own computer program or cracking a computer code that no one else ever has.

Think about your early positive experiences with computers.  What makes you like computer science as an inticipated college major?  Do you remember when you finally able to keyboard correctly?  Can you think of a computer game that had graphics and levels that really impressed you?  Did you ever make your own website or blog?  Maybe you helped a younger student (or an older adult) understand how to use a computer...   Any of these prompts could be used in your writing.

I hope my answer helps you better understand what you could write about in your college essay.  Good luck and happy writing!

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