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Smith College 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide

Smith College 2018-19 Application Essay Question Explanations

It’s almost de rigeur for a small liberal arts school like Smith to have a quirky supplement. So here you go! The prompt is so straightforward and the word limit so low that this might feel like a trap. But it’s not! The only challenge here is getting out of your own head.

The Requirements: 1 essay of 200 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Oddball

We know that colleges ask a lot of hard questions on their applications. This one is not so hard and we promise, there is no hidden agenda-just have fun! If you could star in any movie, what movie would you pick and why? (50-200 words)

You heard them — just have fun! And we think they mean it, too! In our book, having fun means not overthinking your answer or agonizing over what admissions might want you to say. In general, the most successful answers to these sorts of oddball questions spring from a genuine interest or instinct. It’s just easier to have fun writing about something that you genuinely enjoy and know about!

In other words, don’t say you would star in Citizen Kane if you’ve never seen Citizen Kane — it’s as simple as that! But what’s fun about this prompt is that the wording leaves it open to interpretation. “Any movie” could literally be any movie, past, present, or (gasp) future. Your reason can range from the movie’s content to its more technical elements.  Maybe you actually would want to star in Citizen Kane because you’re a movie buff, and you’re mostly curious about the camera setup. Or perhaps you strongly believe someone should make a movie about Julia Child’s career as a spy during World War II; if you have to put lifts in your shoes and play the beloved chef yourself, so be it! To come up with the perfect idea (that you can express clearly in no more than 200 words!), give yourself some time to brainstorm. Jot down as many ideas and combinations as you can come up with — no judgements allowed! Then narrow them down until you find the idea that works best. The prompt said it once, but we’ll say it again: don’t forget to have fun.

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