For this question, be sure to provide all of the information requested with as much detail as possible while still being concise. Since this is a list, formatting can help to reduce the number of characters in your response.
NHS President – Organize and attend ten volunteer events for club members per year (81 characters)
As the president of NHS, I organize and attend ten volunteer events for club members each year. (95 characters)
Although there is only a 14 character difference, it can add up. Formatting the response like the first example means you could include 11-12 activities, whereas you could only list 10 if you formatted the second way. If you have fewer activities, you can add more detail, such as a specific example of your impact on the community service event or organization. It is advisable to select either the most impressive example or the one that you are proudest and most passionate about.
NHS President – Organize and attend ten volunteer events for club members per year, including a dance-a-thon that raised over 5,000 dollars for low-income, special-needs families.
Think of the prompt not as a résumé, but as an opportunity to show your personality and any leadership roles that you’ve taken on. This is your chance to brag about the wonderful work that you’ve done! By conveying your direct impact on a community service event, you show the admissions committee both what you value and the skills that you will bring to the UF campus. In the example above, the details show the reader that the student is capable of organizing large, successful events and managing other students.
The University of Florida Application for Summer/Fall 2015 Admission is available and includes a NEW essay topic:
We often hear the phrase “the good life.” In fact, the University of Florida’s common course required of all undergraduate students is titled “What is the Good Life?”. The concept of “the good life” can be interpreted in many different ways depending upon the experiences, values and aspirations of each individual.
In a concise narrative, describe your notion of “the good life.” How will your undergraduate experience at the University of Florida prepare you to live “the good life”?
Remember to keep within the 500-word maximum length. (The counter on the page counts down from the 3885-CHARACTER limit, which is approx. 450 words with room for spacing between paragraphs.)
I recommend to my college admissions consulting clients that they draft the writing sections (e.g. Resume Questions and Personal Essay) of the UF application in GoogleDocs or Word and then use a text editor (e.g. TextEdit) to remove any formatting prior to copying the text into the UF application.
Basic information about the UF “Good Life” course, copied from the UF website, can be found below.
BEFORE drafting your essay, I suggest that you (1) learn about the UF course (Google search); (2) reflect on your experiences, values and goals; (3) outline your personal interpretation of a “good life” and (4) research/consider how your potential UF experience could help you prepare for a “good life”.
HUM 2305: What is the Good Life? (from the UF website)
Through a close examination of relevant works of art, music, literature, history, religion, and philosophy, students in this class will consider the basic question, “What is the Good Life?” The course will serve as an invitation to the Humanities and to a lifetime of reflection on the human condition through the unique opportunities available to the students at the University of Florida.
The Humanities, a cluster of disciplines that inquire into the very nature and experience of being human, provide many approaches to the question ‘What is a good life,’ as well as a multiform treasury of responses that comprises the cultural and intellectual legacy of world humanity.
The question is especially relevant for a detailed examination as you become more and more involved in making the decisions that will shape your future and the future of others. In order to make reasonable, ethical, well-informed life choices, it is useful to reflect upon how one might aspire to live both as an individual, and a member of local and global communities.
The course is interdisciplinary and draws on the considerable humanities resources at UF. It is also cross-cultural and draws on the full range of human experience across the world and through time in trying to answer the question: “What is the good life?” It contains elements such as the gateway readings, museum exhibits, and performances that are common to the several sections being taught this semester. The lectures, discussion sections, and other readings are specific to your section of this course.
Author: Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of InLikeMe.com and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.
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