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SUNY Stony Brook University 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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SUNY Stony Brook University 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanation

The Requirements: 1 essay of 250 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Activity

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 words)

What?! Stony Brook has a supplemental essay? If you didn’t see this essay lurking in the Common App the first time around, don’t sweat it. The good news is this prompt is as classic as eggnog in December, and we know you can hit the essay out of the park. Start by jotting down a few activities in which you’ve participated or jobs you’ve held. The trickiest part is selecting the activity you want to talk about. So, we return to our favorite mantra: tell admissions something they couldn’t learn elsewhere. If you wrote your Common App essay about your tenure as captain of the lacrosse team, focus on a different (ideally non-athletic) activity that shows a different side of who you are for this prompt.

This can be a great opportunity to highlight your leadership skills and any accolades you may have received as a result of participating in a particular activity. Did you win a community service award? Now is a great time to elaborate on your work. No matter what you choose, it should probably be something you’ve been involved in for a minute, so you can demonstrate your commitment and the impact that you have had on others.

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