University of Southern California
Instructions and Prompts
The first one
* Respond to both prompts, using a maximum of 1,000 words total. You may allocate the word count as you wish. * If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words. * Stay within the word limit as closely as you can. A little over — 1,012 words, for example — is fine. Prompt #1 (freshman applicants)
* Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. Prompt #2 (all applicants)
* Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? The second one
* The 18th century French philosopher Denis Diderot said, "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things." Describe one of your passions and discuss its contributions to your personal growth. * Thomas Edison failed many times before successfully inventing the modern electric light bulb. He said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." Reflect on an accomplishment you achieved in an unlikely way. * Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force. Tell us about an external influence (a person, an event, etc.) that affected you and how it caused you to change direction.
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