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UC insight question quick guide 1 (leadership & creativity)

The first two prompts ask about students’ leadership experiences and creativity.1.Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

You need to pick one out of the three topics provided here. 1) Positive influence, 2) helping with resolving disputes, or 3) contribute to a group over time. Please do admission officers a favor by not going outside of the provided three topics.

When we talking about “leadership experience”, it doesn’t necessary mean a position in a group. If you have lead a group of friends to accomplish something whether it be a school project or a community service program, that counts as “leadership experience”, too. You don’t need a title to be a leader. A title makes it easier, but it’s not required.

You have to talk in details regarding your experience. You can’t just say “I led my team to the state champion. We practiced hard and fought our way to the final.” They are two reasons why you shouldn’t write something like that. 1) This should be mentioned in your application already; 2) Colleges want to learn what YOU have done for the team, not what your team has done. Stay close with the three topics they provide for you. For the first and the second topic, you need to be a good before-and-after story-teller. What’s the group like before your “positive influence”, and what’s the group like after your “positive influence”. The same idea goes for conflict resolution, too.

Another thing you need to write is exactly what your duty is as a leader. If you mainly delegate duty to your team, you need o explain that.

Lastly, something that isn’t mentioned in the prompt, is what did you learn from this experience. You might have learned the nuances of inter-personal relationship, rigidity of bureaucracy, or art of management. Whatever you do, this essay ends back at you.

cvbg2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.

Whatever you do, don’t say you are creative. “Show, don’t tell” has never been more important. You need to back up your creative side with a story or some kinds of achievements.

According to the UC official website, you need to mention what creative means to you. Does creative mean something new or something rearranged? Is it an idea that comes out of nowhere or an idea that’s been crafted a long time. This is totally up to you. Just make sure you do define creativity.

This prompt especially mentions problem-solving, original thinking, and art. If you are to write about problem-solving, make sure you write it as a step-by-step as possible, so your readers can follow. As for original thinking and arts, paint a vivid picture for your readers, demonstrate how it is original and innovative.

Finally, you need to lead it back to yourself. How does your creative side influence your daily life, classroom learning, and/or future majors. All are subjects you can write about.




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