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Washington University in St. Louis 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Washington University in St. Louis 2019-2020 Application Essay Question Explanation

The Requirements: One 250 word essay 

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Activity

Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit. (250 words)

This prompt reminds us a lot of the Common Application’s prompt #6, which asks about a topic, idea, or concept that captivates you. So, our advice is the same: give admissions insight into not only what makes you tick, but also what piques your interest to dig deeper. Maybe it’s a book that you read over and over again, an artist who makes you see the world in a new way, or the court documents that you scour for new information. Admissions wants to better understand what intrigues you and why. The goal is to write an essay that reveals something new about you and demonstrates your thirst for knowledge. So, sharpen your pencils, it’s time to geek out!

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