I’m sure many people would probably make blanket statements that are hard to understand…”don’t write about something too grandiose” “don’t write about something too mundane” “don’t make it too intellectual-sounding” “don’t make it sound like intellectualism is not a part of your life”–but the best advice I can give is figure out a writing style that works for you, and run with it. If you look hard enough, you will find people in your life who know you well enough to give you tips on your writing style while staying true to yourself and making it genuine. Take this advice with a grain of salt. Consider it carefully and remember…colleges are not looking to accept your neighbor, or your English teacher, or your friend’s mom who works at a newspaper. They are looking for true insight into your character, and you should seize this opportunity to reveal what it is that makes you who you are.
Experts agree. . News and World Report says we’re a “Top Tier” and a Best “National University.” Forbes called us a “Best Buy College.” A 2016 Cappex College Considerations Report named UCF the “top school Florida students choose”. And, The Business Journals ranked UCF #83 out of 250 top public universities in the nation. UCF is also a founding member of the University Innovation Alliance, a group of 11 public research universities working together to fuel innovation and economic growth and address nationally critical areas of work and creativity. UCF and our Alliance partners believe in making high-quality, marketable college degrees accessible to diverse students at a cost that working and middle-class families can afford.
I’m a graduate student at Yale who teaches undergrads, and I can attest to the sheer drive, ambition, and intelligence of the undergrad population at large. What continuously bothers myself and my colleagues is the copious amount of privilege and sense of entitlement among them—Yale has always, and will always, admit an elite student population. I accept this. But it is unfortunate at how easy it is in any given section I have taught to spot the kids (and there are usually more than a few) who went to Deerfield Academy, Horace Mann, Harvard Westlake, etc etc. Insider culture is alive and present, but no matter, while such students may be smart, and articulate, they are never the most creative, imaginative, or talented. I have come to believe that the intelligence I admire is scrappy, and can only come from some sort of lack or need. It it were up to me, I’d always choose the shy public school kid that still thinks squash is a vegetable.