Uva School Of Engineering Essay Writing
First thing’s first…
Students hoping to apply to the University of Virginia (UVA) in this coming application cycle – you’re in luck! UVA is one of the first schools to officially confirm their supplemental essay questions for the 2017-18 admissions season. Are you excited? You should be. This means you can start brainstorming for and drafting these school-specific essays now! And trust us, it helps to start early, especially with all the supplemental essay requirements that are about to weasel their way into your world. (Don’t worry – you can handle it!)
Now that the UVA prompts are available, don’t you want to know what are these questions really asking? Of course you do. Which is why we made you a guide. Check out the essay prompts below, along with our explanations for what the questions mean and how to approach them.
The Requirements: Answer two essay prompts of roughly 250 words each.
Supplemental Essay Type:Why, Oddball
UVA 2017-2018 First-Year Application Essay Question Explanations
1. We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer the question that corresponds to the school/program to which you are applying in a half page or roughly 250 words.
CEA Explains: The first of UVA’s two required essays is specific to the school within UVA to which you will be applying. In most cases, the prompt bears some relation to the classic “Why” essay, which probes for the reasons you are a good fit for a school and vice versa. When you search for answers to this prompt, think about why you want to study what you want to study. What past experiences and commitments will show admissions that you are truly committed to the field you’re interested in. And how might you act on your passions and interests?
The small curve ball in these UVA “Why” prompts is that many of them ask you to demonstrate your interest by discussing a topic or providing a specific example of something that inspires you within your chosen field. In these cases, you won’t be talking about why you want to pursue your chosen field in the abstract, but rather you will prove your interest on the spot with your examination of the subject you choose.
College of Arts and Sciences
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
This is one of those curve balls we were just referring to. In asking you about an academic or artistic work that has captured your attention, UVA is asking you to put your love of the arts and sciences on display (which in turn will prove your interest in the school you’re applying to). These kinds of questions can be tricky if specific examples don’t immediately come to mind. Try to avoid the obvious (no Great Gatsby, please) unless you have a hyper-personal connection to the material at hand. Instead, search for concepts, ideas, art and stories that ignited your curiosity, made you fall in love with a subject, or pushed you to new academic heights. We recommend going through your bookshelf and old school notebooks to start to collect ideas worth expanding upon.
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make everyday life better for one friend or family member, what would you design?
Again, with this prompt UVA wants to see your interest in a subject in action. If you are an aspiring engineering and applied sciences student and those fields are a good fit for your passions and skills, you will very likely be excited by this prompt. After all, it takes a creative and innovative mind to invent something that improves the lives of others – and as an engineer or applied scientist that is exactly what you will be signing up to do. We recommend starting this prompt by interviewing some of the people that are close to you and asking them about the simple annoyances and inconveniences of their daily lives. This should give you some initial ideas for problems that need solving so you can put on your thinking cap and invent some thoughtful solutions. Again, try to stay away from the obvious here. And do your research to make sure the thing you’re trying to create hasn’t already been invented!
School of Architecture
Describe an instance or place where you have been inspired by architecture or design.
Answering this prompt requires an interesting combo of creative interest in action and traditional why essay elements. In asking you to describe an inspiration, admissions is not simply asking you to identify something that has motivated your interest – they also want to know WHY the landmark, building, or other element of design struck your fancy. Feel free to expand upon how being exposed to creativity pushed you to explore your own talents. Another helpful hint: using terminology that showcases a command of design and architecture concepts can be really helpful in showing admissions your commitment to the field.
School of Nursing
School of Nursing applicants may have experience shadowing, volunteering, or working in a health care environment. Tell us about a health care-related experience or another significant interaction that deepened your interest in studying Nursing.
This is yet another prompt from UVA that asks students to detail a specific experience to prove interest in a field of study. It is a bit closer to a traditional why essay in that students should make sure, not just to discuss the experience that led them to pursue nursing, but also to connect that experience to their larger goals for the future. If there are elements of the UVA program that support your particular interest or connect to the experience you choose to highlight, definitely build those bridges to show admissions you are familiar with the programs UVA has to offer and have already connected how your experiences will help you achieve future academic success.
Discuss experiences that led you to choose the kinesiology major.
This is a straight up “why” essay. As such, it asks you to detail your background and exposure to the field of kinesiology and the inspiration and experiences that led you to want to pursue this passion academically and professionally. Be sure to highlight specific activities and experiences from your past to showcase a history of commitment to the field. It also can’t hurt to highlight some of the elements of the UVA kinesiology program that are of interest to you. There is no better way to prove your interest in a school and your determination to master a subject than to show you understand a school’s offerings and have thought through how you will best use the resources at your disposal to accomplish your goals.
2. Answer one of the following questions in a half page or roughly 250 words.
What’s your favorite word and why?
This prompt has been posed by UVA for a few years in a row now, and it’s one that students usually love or hate. If this question immediately tickles your fancy and you have an idea for the word you’d like to highlight, go for it! If you look at this prompt and feel totally stuck, but still want to try answering it, try this trick: What might you tell admissions about yourself that they haven’t already heard from you in your Common App essay? Is there something in your history and experience worth expanding upon? Once you’ve identified what you want to discuss, think about what words might be helpful launch points for describing that experience and back into your “favorite word.” This is also a great strategy for choosing a word that is slightly less expected than those submitted by the average applicant.
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
This is another prompt that has appeared on past UVA applications. Most students we’ve worked with seem to have difficulty defining the word “quirk” as it applied to themselves. We like to think of a quirk as something you do regularly that is a bit bizarre or charming. For example, our founder often bursts into spontaneous song when she’s happy. (Don’t tell her we told you.) What might that say about her? That she’s an optimist and an extrovert? That she knows all the words to The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World”? (She does.) Whatever you choose to highlight, it should reveal something to admissions about your character and personality. If you don’t think you have quirks, you’re probably just not attuned to them – they’re hard to identify from the inside. So maybe ask a parent or a friend if you do anything out of habit that makes them laugh or even shake their heads in mock disapproval. You’d be surprised what you do routinely and never notice!
Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why?
Responding to this prompt is a fantastic way to showcase an area of interest or passion you have not had the opportunity to expand on already. Maybe you want to teach an entire course of the history of rock poster art. Or pizza-making. Can you combine two of the things you love and discuss the unusual ways in which these things intersect with and influence each other? Make sure you are answering the question and that you frame your subject of interest as something that would make for an interesting course. And try not to limit yourself to the academic – many subjects can be explored through an intellectual lens if you approach them in an unexpected and creative way.
UVA students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message?
This final prompt choice is glorious in its infinite potential. You can choose to elaborate on anything about which you feel passionately here. Do you want to send a message to your fellow students about the environment? Maybe you want to rally students to join you at a demonstration of some kind. What is important to you, and what might be important to communicate to other people in your community? Essays responding to this prompt tend to lean in the direction of activism and community engagement, but don’t feel limited to these angles – anything you want to share with other UVA students is fair game, as long as it is reflective of something about which you feel strongly. After all, you’re trying to communicate what it important to you, both to the community and to admissions.
A Few Facts about UVA
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The University of Virginia is a public institution founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia the University of Virginia currently has almost 16,100 undergraduate students enrolled and its programs. You need to learn all of the visa statement of purpose requirements for the country of destination you’ll be studying in beforehand. Nationally if the University of Virginia is ranked number 23 out of all U.S. colleges and universities. The University of Virginia houses one of the 25 remaining original copies of the declaration of independence. Alumni of the University of Virginia include former U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and journalist Katie Couric. Writer Edgar Allen Poe was a former student but was forced to leave the school after losing his tuition money to gambling. However, his dorm room is still preserved and on display for visitors to the uva essays of the applicants should be perfect.
Learn How to Answer a UVA Essay Prompt
Every school/program at UVA is given a program specific prompt. The following is the UVA essay prompt for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:
“If you were given funding for a small engineering project, what would you do?”
Tips to help you write a UVA essay prompt response:
- Be yourself. This applies not only this supplemental essay prompt but those from different programs as well. They would like to know you, your voice and personality. Admissions people might see thousands of responses every year. They learn to recognize when somebody is writing what they think they should instead of what they think.
- Be clear and concise. These are short essays. You need to proceed pretty much directly to the point. Only include enough details for context.
- Avoid clichés and clichéd openings and statements. Put some thought into your response and try for a little originality.
- Lead with your best point. In shorter essays get the most important point in first before you hit your word limit. It also tends to make for a more interesting opening
- Revise and edit. To convey an idea clearly and concisely is a skill and one that will be recognized. It may take a few revisions to get to that point
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Here is an example of a UVA essay responding to the prompt given above:
There have been many recent advancements in technology as it seems to advance at a exponential rate. However very few of these advances have been geared towards improving and advancing education. While it is helpful to make life easier by using these advancement, and the entertainment that technology now provides is enjoyed, what about education? It is fantastic that calculators can now do math for us but at the same time a major issue is that seventy-five percent of people using them do not understand how to even solve the problem. It is ironic that a step forward in technology results in a step backwards for education. If I were granted the money for a small engineering project I would contribute to the success of every student by creating software that could adapt to the learning habits of each individual person, while limiting use of technology that stifled the learning process until a certain proficiency was reached.
The software I develop would adapt to the learning styles of every student. It would explain lessons verbally to an auditory learner or visually with pictures and graphs if that person is a visual learner. I have heard many of my peers say that “math just is not for me”, but that is not true. Anybody can do math if they are taught it in a way that they will understand it. Limiting use of technology that replaces knowledge until a minimum proficiency is reached would create more desire to learn. Why learn math if even the most basic arithmetic is done for you. This software would allow my peers and every other student struggling or just wanting to improve their skills in math to increase their success in and out of the classroom. Math is essential to this country and calculators cannot solve all of our problems, but perhaps computers can give math back to people.
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