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Pepperdine University 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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Pepperdine University 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: 1 essay of up to 300 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Community, Why

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Students, faculty, and staff members of all faith traditions are welcome to become part of the Pepperdine University community. How has faith influenced your life thus far and what will you add to the continued conversation of faith on campus? (50-300 words)

Given the faith-forward nature of this question and of the university website, we imagine that most of you folks reading this guide probably already have a few thoughts on this question. We’d be surprised if the religious affiliation didn’t factor into your decision to apply, but if you haven’t thought about it, now is your chance to reflect on what you might stand to gain. Writing about faith is just as personal (if not more!) than any other topic you might cover on your college application, so don’t be afraid to dig deep. If you grew up in a traditional religious household, you probably have a treasure trove of experiences and stories to draw upon, but sometimes it’s hard to write about faith when it’s always been a given in your life. Whether your background is Christian, Hindu, or any other religion, can you think about a time when you turned to your faith of your own accord. Maybe you’ve recently taken an interest in the lesser-known traditions of your faith and have adopted a practice of honoring elders by performing Bappa Jai Jai. If religion wasn’t a huge part of your upbringing, what led you to take a personal interest in it? Maybe going to your friends’ bar and bat mitzvahs made you want to seek out a structure for your own transition to adulthood. Or perhaps you’ve more recently developed an interest in philosophy and ethics, and you think it would be valuable to study these topics in a religious context. Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, faith is a central component of the Pepperdine education, and now is your chance to figure out how you’ll fit in. In some ways, this is a sideways Why essay mixed with a Community essay, so if you’re having trouble getting started, read through our general guides to kickstart your brainstorming.

Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2021-22 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!
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