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colorado college supplementary essay

Fairuz89Fairuz89 Posts: 14Registered User New Member
edited December 2007 in College Essays
I cant write the second supp essay for colorado college. i know what a block plan is but how the hell am i sposed to "plan" my three and a half weeks. i dont really get the question. anyone got any suggestions or a sample essay i can read?
thanks!
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  • shiftyeyesshiftyeyes Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    Hey! I'm trying to work through that question too! I went to the Open House and they had a whole session on application tips, so here are a few things I picked up:

    1.) Have fun with it! It doesn't necessarily have to sound like a class or a trip or whatever, but basically, if you had 3.5 weeks to explore your interest in any subject, what would you do? What would you study? Where would you go? Would you read/discuss any books? etc. If you've talked to CC reps about the block plan, you might have heard how field trips, travel and seminars are not too uncommon to some of these block classes. Consider that, and go beyond the boundaries if you wish.
    2.) Don't write out a day-by-day itinerary of every event. Just make a general overview (for instance, hit the questions I brought up in the last point), and explain (briefly) why you're interested and how the things in your plan will contribute to your study.
    3.) Feel free to be wacky and adventurous, but taboos for this essay are the same as taboos in the general personal essay (no drunken escapades).

    Honestly, the more you just enjoy and dream through the question and the less you agonize over it, the better it will turn out.. They do take this question very seriously, but only as an indication of your intellectual passion and curiosity. They won't look down on you for picking a bad subject or overplanning. ;-)

    If you need any more help, let me know. Best of hopes!
  • Fairuz89Fairuz89 Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    hey thanks a bunch for your help! i dont know if i'm sposed to make it a narrative or be like "i would do this and i would do that". and whats the word limit for it anyway? i mean how much can you write on it... i know they go on fieldtrips and everything but ive never been on one cuz i live in a dump called bangladesh where we never got to do these fun things. so how can i write about an experience ive never had? can you like describe to me what a fieldtrip is like?
    my major's gonna be economics, so what do econ majors do on such trips, what kinda research do they do?
    how can i talk to a CC rep? and what happens in seminars? man i sound retarded! lol
    and last but not the least, if youve got a sample to show, can i please see it?
  • textversiontextversion Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    I also need some help for this. the deadlines coming near and I haven't even started. my brain's leaking and I can't even think of anything fun. If anyone has an example or an outline, I would be very grateful if you could post one.
  • shiftyeyesshiftyeyes Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    You're welcome. Don't worry about sounding "retarded" haha, you don't. I live fairly close to CC and know a few people who've been there as students/faculty, so I personally don't mind questions. That's what we're here for, right?

    About word limit: I don't see one specified on the online Common App, so I'm going to assume there isn't one. Don't be excessive, though. But with consideration to the readers, try to only keep it as long as (if not shorter than) your main common app essay.

    About talking to a CC rep: Just call the admissions office. Contact info can be found on the school's web site.

    As for writing style (narrative vs. list sort of format), I would think that either works if it reads well. CC seems to be into creative thinkers, so narrative might work better, as long as you can get your point across.

    Seminars: As in seminar-style classes? Basically they're just big discussions. I sat in on one seminar class. They had read this book prior to the class, and the just kinda...talked about it...and how it related to gender issues (because that's what the class was on). Prof posed one question, or a student might make a comment, and then another student would respond/add to that. It was like the conversation at a dinner party with intellectuals...without the dinner. haha

    Field trips: Basically field trips are just an opportunity to go to a place outside of the classroom and learn about that subject. Like at CC, some of the geology classes go to rock formations or rivers and study them. In middle school, we went to the office for the major local newspaper, and we got to ask some of the columnists questions, tour the grounds, see how the paper gets printed, etc. So as an econ major (or really, the answer for your supplement doesn't need to have anything to do with your major), what's someplace you would want to just tour and visit? Who would you want to interview?

    textversion: Really, just think about the things you're passionate about. You don't have to map out the syllabus for some super-intellectual, intense subject. What extracurriculars are you involved in? What's your intended major? What books do you like to read? Pick a subject matter that interests you, however silly or obscure, and start free-writing some ideas.

    Hope that helps.

    Honestly, don't have mine quite done yet, but I'll be happy to post or PM to you guys if I finish it reasonably before the deadline. :-)

    Best of hopes!
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