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Think of the Colorado College supplement as a garden path bridging the gap between your present and future. The first prompt, a classic activity essay, gives you one last chance to tell a story about you, while the next prompt hones in on what a Colorado education will mean to you. As you organize your thoughts, it would be helpful to think about the larger story arc that guides this application. Show admissions that Colorado is the perfect next step for you.
The Requirements: 1 essay of 250 words, 1 essay of 200 words
If you’ve been aching to elaborate on your four year culinary journey as head of the cooking club, this classic activity essay is your shot! Normally, we encourage applicants to write their essays on topics that can’t be found anywhere else on their application, but in this case, it’s part of the assignment. That said, you can still find ways to tell admissions something new! The first and most obvious way is to pick an activity that hasn’t come up in the other essays you’ve written. Athletes, we’re talking to you. If you already wrote your Common App essay on being captain of the soccer team, we don’t want to see an activity essay about your difficult journey to becoming starting pitcher of the baseball team. Choose some other activity that will show dimension, good candidates include: long-term commitments that showcase your dedication and growth, like your standing tutoring date with your neighbor; activities and experiences that highlight your leadership skills, like the time you took charge to plan a more inclusive homecoming dance; or even activities that are relatively new that demonstrate maturity or intellectual curiosity, like deciding to take extra classes at the community college despite feeling intimidated by the older students. Your story could also combine any of these elements in a totally different way. The point is, choose an activity that will reveal some key strength or characteristic that admissions might not be able to glean from another part of your application.
This prompt sounds simple enough: explain why you want to attend Colorado College—but not so fast. Since Colorado College prides itself on its Block Plan, which “allows you to focus your energies solely on what you want to do,” you need to demonstrate interest in and knowledge of this unique class schedule. First things first: Why Colorado College? It’s not enough to say, “I want to go to Colorado because of its uniquely flexible class schedule.” You need to explore exactly how this type of intensive instruction—among Colorado’s many other assets—will benefit you specifically. Is it because of the way you hope to throw yourself into your topic of choice? Is it because taking one class at a time will help you manage a learning difference? Is it because you’ll be able to keep the part-time evening job that you love? The more personal you can be, the more your essay will stand out from the rest.