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The Requirements: 2 optional essays of 500 words each
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Personal Statement, Why
While the Colorado School of Mines essays are both optional, we encourage you to seriously consider responding to one or both of the following prompts.
First things first, Florence Caldwell sounds like a BOSS. As you think about how you’d like to respond to this prompt, we encourage you to consider experiences or periods of your life in which you tackled adversity head-on. Writing about a difficult time in your life requires both vulnerability and perspective. Instead of focusing on the challenge or bias you were up against, spend most of the words at your disposal on how you rose to the occasion to overcome the challenge at hand. This is your opportunity to show admissions that you are a developing, maturing young adult with ambition and work ethic. As you zero in on a key moment, ask yourself: What healthy coping mechanisms or communication skills did you develop? Who, if applicable, did you choose to lean on and why? What did you learn about yourself? How will you approach difficult situations moving forward? Be honest and open, and we’re sure admissions will be impressed.
With this prompt, you have options. You can either use this space to include a “why do you want to go here?” essay, or alternatively, this space is ripe for recycling. Did you write an essay for another school that you feel reveals more about you in a surprising or interesting way? This could be the perfect place to repurpose it. If you decide to tell admissions why Mines is the best fit for you, we recommend infusing your response with details from your research on their academic offerings and faculty. The more specific you can be, the better!