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Regular Decision Deadline: Feb 1
The Requirements: One essay of 250 words
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Oddball
For this type of prompt, brainstorming is key. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and jot down every person who comes to mind: Hermione Granger, Aquaman, Holly Golightly, Indiana Jones… no idea is too absurd during the brainstorm! Once you have a solid list of characters you’d want to buy a toaster oven with, you’ll be in a better position to hone in on the right one. While it’s easy to list their qualities, be sure to use them as a vehicle to reveal something new about yourself to admissions. Which character would bring out in you an otherwise unknown interest in adventure, fashion, or environmentalism? Or some unknown aspect of your personal history? You could even try to put a twist on a character that might feel like a common choice—maybe you’d want to room with Hermione because of her taste in early-2000s Hollister fashion rather than her studying habits. Just make sure that the character you choose will enable you to speak more about who you are and what you care about.