It's deadline day. Today. Some of you (a small number I hope) are still tinkering with your essays, and some number more (a really small number more, I hope) are doing more than just tinkering. As a New Year's celebration, and an acknowledgement of the stress and effort you are putting into your applications today, the Tufts admissions team would like to offer you, for fun, just one more answer to the Tufts writing supplement. This one is mine, and I'm answering the "Pick a Rule" question. Good luck, and Happy 2014!
I’m a Button Pusher: capital B, capital P. I’ve always been that way. Prone to getting into trouble, comfortable breaking the occasional rule, and (depending on who you ask) curious to a fault. Once, during a middle school field trip to a waste treatment facility, I spotted a red button labeled, “DO NOT PUSH.” That button was all I could ask my teachers about for weeks following.
Actually, let me take a moment now to apologize to anyone and everyone who has ever been…
The tide of applications is coming in, and it’s coming fast. More than 10,000 applications will arrive between now and the deadline. And the truth is that there is no difference between submitting a month before the deadline or submitting a hot minute before the deadline. So, for those of you who are still working, who are somewhere between just finishing your essays and just beginning them, you’ve got me on your side. My dean says constantly to start writing early and to finish your app early, and you didn’t. So what? You’re here now, and I’m here to help.
Besides, I didn't begin writing my college essays until 48 hours before the deadlines, and it all worked out for me. Let's have history repeat itself.
I’m rounding up the best of our advice to you over the last year. Use it to check yourself, to verify your choices, and to put together the best damn application you can.
To the extent humanly possible, I (and others) will be answering your questions in the comments section and getting…
My lullaby in the evening is likely an episode of BBC’s Planet Earth and my alarm in the morning is a song about the miasma of incandescent plasma that is our sun. Next to that alarm the book is my nightstand. On my nightstand is a stack of books and at the top of that stack is, at the time of writing, Jack Kerouac’s unpublished first novel (which I picked up because I went to talk by a woman who designs book covers, and when I asked what her favorite cover was, she said that one). Underneath that book, by the way, are travelogues by Mark Twain and historical nonfiction about Belgian colonialism in Africa.
I'll admit it, I frequent CollegeConfidential.com. There's a lot about the community I admire - the desire to help each other, the frankness of conversations - but I'm drawn to the space because it's unfiltered and often messy. I like mess.
I recently posted a thread inviting any admissions question, and one question in particular drew my attention. Because the question feels so pertinent to this moment, I'm bringing the question (in a slightly paraphrased form) to the blogs. You'll find my answer back to this student below:
I'm interested in the stock market. In my personal statement, I discussed an experience with the stock market, culminating in my view of the stock market and our economy as a whole. For a supplemental essay, I want to discuss my experience in volunteering with a stock marketing organization, and my third (250 word essay) is about why a specific college would be best for a stock marketing education. I attended an info session, and they noted that the worst mistake…
So, don't tell anyone, but I signed up for a whole bunch of college mailing lists, and now my parents (whose address I used) are getting buried beneath autumn-themed publications: viewbooks, postcards, folding-things, and envelopes. It's a college competition, it seems, to find the most immaculate picture of the fall. That's nice, but ever wonder what a campus actually looks like?
My Facebook feed for the last week has become a never-ending supply of pictures of campus that our students are taking, and what better way to show you what Tufts actually looks like than to show you our students' photographs, most of them taken with whatever phone they have. As current students email me photos, I'll keep adding to the gallery below.
So here's Tufts, not the shiny Tufts of professional photography, but the everyday Tufts that our students experience.