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Morehouse College 2022-23 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Morehouse College 2022-23 Application Essay Explanations

The Requirements: 2 essays of 250 words each

Supplemental Essay Type: Activity

Share about a time you held a leadership role. Explain what you learned about yourself and others in this experience. (250 words)

Think of a time when you worked really hard to help a group of friends or loved ones find success. Maybe you are always the one helping your younger siblings with school projects and you’ve found ways to attain and keep your little brother’s attention (to your mother’s welcomed surprise). Maybe, as a volunteer, you were in charge of teaching new staff the proper policies for walking dogs at the local shelter. Perhaps, during a group project at school, you organized and planned all of your meetings and gave rides to classmates who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to attend group sessions outside of school hours. Try to isolate a single leadership moment, so you can tell a story to admissions. Describe where you were, what was happening around you, and what you were feeling. Discuss any challenges you faced and, ultimately, what you learned from the experience. Don’t shy away from admitting when things went wrong or were harder than you expected, since these are exactly the kinds of character-building experiences that can demonstrate resilience and quick thinking ( awesome leadership skills!). Morehouse wants to know that you are the kind of person who can step up to the plate and use each experience to develop your skill sets.

Who in your life is depending on you? What are they depending on you for? (250 words)

Dependence can take many forms in your daily life. Your story can be as obvious as the cousins you babysit or the swimmers you supervise during lifeguard shifts at your community pool, but it can also be less cut and dry. Remember: Your friends depend on you for compassion and support. Your younger siblings depend on you to set an example and to offer guidance. One way to think about this is to ask yourself, “Who would be disappointed if I didn’t show up?” Walk yourself through a day, week, or year in your life and take note of who you remember counting on you. You might surprise yourself with how integral you are in the lives of those around you. In telling this story, show admissions that you don’t take your responsibilities lightly and that you appreciate the interconnectedness of your community, in whatever way that may be!

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