Why interested in this university

SMU appeals to students for a variety of reasons. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending SMU and what specific factors have led you to apply. Recently, I overheard my mother and her store manager discussing ways to attract teenage customers. As a teenager myself, I felt that providing a complementary sports watch with … Read moreWhy interested in this university

Seeing the World Through a Lens

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. My interest in film began with my first movie—or my first love: Monsters Inc. Engrossed in the magic of animated movies, I became … Read moreSeeing the World Through a Lens

My Passion for Public Service

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. For more than three generations, my family has answered the call of elected public office. My father served in the State Legislature, my … Read moreMy Passion for Public Service

Not Another Ordinary Day At Summer Camp

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. It was 10:30 PM on another Thursday night at summer camp in Freedom, New Hampshire. However, it wasn’t just another night. The head photographer, a professional for many years, had suddenly decided to … Read moreNot Another Ordinary Day At Summer Camp

Lipe White Wheat Leapers

Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “S-P-H-E-R-I-C-A-L,” I declared. Flashing a grin to the 600-person audience, I glanced at the ink stains dotting my clasped hands. These … Read moreLipe White Wheat Leapers

One Hundred Percent Elephant Feces

We believe it is critical that your candidacy reflect the interests, experiences and pursuits that are most important to you. To this end, is there anything else you would like us to know? In fourth grade, I was forced to choose a profession for Career Day. I remember being overwhelmed by the vocations available to … Read moreOne Hundred Percent Elephant Feces

For a Time Such as This

Common App Essay “Help, I can’t move,” cried a feeble voice. It was a trapped “victim.” At first, I froze in fear until my team leader yelled, “Radio out!” I composed myself, called our Incident Commander on the walkie-talkie, and reported, “Female, green top, red bottom, broken arm.” “Perform the head-to-toe assessment and evacuate!” he … Read moreFor a Time Such as This