Admissionado's detailed take on this year's Harvard College application essays
“What you would want your future college roommate to know about you.”
This is a tricky one because the temptation is to write about things you want “the admissions committee” to know about you. And so, we more often than not see forced, unimaginative first drafts. If you’re gonna live with someone (for only one year, mind you), a person who may or not be a friend, a person you may or may not interact with much AFTER your first year… what would you want him/her to know about you? Well, you’d have to have a reason this person would need to know this, otherwise… what’s the point? Think of it this way, if your roommate were to NOT KNOW this thing about you… something could go wrong. (Rather than… it would be a missed opportunity.) Play with that version, see if it reveals something deeply personal.
Dig into the rest of Harvard’s Additional Essays in our 2018-19 Harvard College Essay Analysis.