THIS ESSAY WAS FOR UNDERGRAD TRANSFER APPLICATIONS: Why did you decide to pursue music as a career? At the age of five, when most of my peers aspired to be astronauts, princesses or cowboys, I had already decided to become a musician. It was not until almost fifteen years later, however, that I settled upon … Read moreDiverse Paths to a Single Goal
Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. “The world is flat.” When I was little, I never believed this line. I would always show off in class, proudly proclaiming: “The earth is a sphere!” But now, I see the line again, on the title of a book … Read moreIs the World Flat?
Write about a significant event and how it impacted your life? The first time that science really made sense was in seventh grade, when a frog lay splayed out on the desk in front of me. While the stench of formaldehyde made others eyes water and stomachs churn, I was too fascinated to notice. I … Read moreThe Lab
Topic of your choice. Slapping away yet another mosquito, I scrabbled and slid on the rough, gravel path. The steam rising from the earth fogged my glasses and gave credence to the affectionate nickname we had for this place: ‘Hell’. It was the summer after sophomore year, and I wasn’t sure what I had gotten … Read moreFresh Air
The quality of Rice’s academic, cultural, and social life is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What perspective do you feel that you will contribute to life at Rice? Most applicants are able to respond successfully in two to three double-spaced pages. I was white. I was so … Read moreWhite
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “…Thus I advocate for the global suicide of humanity as a solution to anthropocentrism…” I dropped my pen, frozen in shock and hilarity. … Read moreDebate
Adversity On a late winter evening, a young boy – soon to be robbed of his innocence – watches as his parents get into another heated argument. In every occurrence before, the feuding tempers would cool, and peace was restored; however, this time was different. A teary eyed four year-old watched as his father stormed … Read moreDiverse versus Adverse.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. As the applause faded to a hum, my whole body began to tremble. My throat seized up and tiny bumps arose across my … Read moreRising Above
Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. Staring out at the rain pouring down onto the sidewalk beside the airport exit, I thought one thing. This is foreign territory. Just moments before, I had found myself facing down a horde … Read moreThe Box
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit.) There’s a line out the door. Our youngest customers teeter on their tip toes to see inside the long glass cases. I work at Kilwin’s Winter Park, one of 90 locations in a growing confectionery franchise. We serve 32 ice … Read moreKilwin’s Winter Park