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Hendrix College 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2020-21 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!

Hendrix College 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanation

The Requirements: 5 short responses

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why, Oddball

Hendrix asks a list of short questions in hopes of getting to know you better. Don’t take these questions too seriously–saying that skittles is your favorite candy will not earn you a rejection letter (although maybe it should, chocolate > skittles 😉). Just go with your gut and try to have fun with them!! 

Tell us what appeals to you most about Hendrix? (100 words)

Why are you applying to Hendrix? You only have 100 words to convince admissions officers that you have done your homework and know this private liberal arts college would be the perfect fit for you! Thus, you have to be concise and specific. Your answer can refer to academics: majors, classes, professors; or the community: clubs, events, student body; or anything that makes you want to be a Hendrix student (and future alum). Our advice would be to write down every reason why you are applying and use those notes to craft your response. You don’t have a lot of space to write, so make sure to focus on the most important reasons: What excites you most about a Hendrix education? What personal qualities or interests can you highlight for admissions to demonstrate your fit? Remember, although this essay should focus on details of the Hendrix experience, it is still an essay about you, your goals, and your passions.

What is your favorite candy? (140 words)

Smarties, Milky Way, and Nerds–oh, my! Our sweet tooth is tingling. Just like with the other questions, this prompt isn’t really about delicious cavity-makers. Maybe you want to write about Milk Duds, the perfect candy for a day at the movies (especially for a film buff like you). Perhaps you would be willing to go to war to defend Reese’s pieces, a candy that can be enjoyed on its own AND on top of vanilla soft serve (you would know, you worked at Dairy Queen last summer). Or maybe your favorite candy is Butterscotch Buttons, simply because there seems to be a limitless supply at your grandpa’s cabin, where you go whenever you’re in need of some TLC. Personalize your response so no one else could have written it and you’ll be answering correctly. Okay, brb, I need a Snickers!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? (100 words)

Get out a notepad (or the Notes app on your phone) and start jotting down whatever comes to mind when you read this prompt. Our minds immediately went to A Christmas Story, since we will never EVER lick a frozen flagpole (even if someone triple-dog dares us!). Maybe your aunt used to encourage you to always search for the silver lining in any given situation, and that kind of thinking has helped you stay positive during difficult times. Perhaps you read your favorite baker’s blog post encouraging readers to use aquafaba instead of eggs for cookie recipes and your raw cookie dough-loving self never looked back. Whatever it may be, make sure to explain why it’s the best advice you ever received and don’t be afraid to get creative.

What is your favorite book, movie, video game or song? (50 words)

This is a tough one–we know–but don’t overthink it! Maybe you want to mention a book that you’ve read over and over again, a song that you sing/scream with your sister in the car on the way to school, or the movie that got you through a difficult time in your life. Whatever it is, go with it. Just know that there will be some answers that are more common than others (you know which ones)! Since you have 50 words, feel free to add a little extra. If you’re naming a song, maybe include your favorite lyric and why it resonates with you. A book, your favorite quote. You get the idea! 😃

What three things would you take with you to a deserted island? (50 words)

This fun party prompt is (surprise!) another opportunity for admissions to get to know you better, to find out what makes you tick, what is important to you. Don’t think so much about the post-apocalyptic nature of this prompt or the logistics of survival, but rather what you couldn’t live without. Maybe you would take your dad’s beat-up copy of your favorite book, Catcher in the Rye, because no matter how many times you read it, it never gets old. Perhaps you would bring your scuba diving gear because you are basically a fish with lungs and would be LIV-ING on a deserted island with your fellow water-loving creatures. Would you bring the necklace your abuela gave you for your quinceañera so you would always have a piece of home with you? Whatever three things you choose, make sure you communicate each thing’s value to you.

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