do quick takes really matter? mine are kind of silly

<p>These are my quick takes, word for word, including the parentheses and stuff. Are they ok? Or should I put something more serious? I can't imagine these questions would actually have an impact on admission, or do they?</p>

<p>Describe yourself in three words:
Word One - Coolest
Word Two- Person

<p>Favorite Food: Everything except for tomatoes and onions... gross</p>

<p>Favorite fictional character: Barney Stinson</p>

<p>Greatest invention of all time: Sliced bread or yahoo answers. I can't decide</p>

<p>What do you like to do for fun?: Sleep, eat, dance, and take showers</p>

<p>Role model: Ferb, from Nickelodeon's "Phineas and Ferb" fame</p>

<p>Favorite book: The Hunger Games</p>

<p>Best movie of all time: Don (the 2006 remake)</p>

<p>Favorite musical performer/band or composer: Me, when I'm in the shower</p>

<p>Dream job: a Korean pop singer/dancer (I'm not even Korean)</p>

<p>I think these quick takes are a way to show a little bit about who you are and you should be as honest with them as you can. If these are what you really like, then ok. The three words about yourself comes off to me (this is simply my honest opinion, however much that means, lol) as a little immature. I'm sure there are three more interesting and revealing words you could come up with to describe yourself. I'd also reconsider your "fun" and "dream job" answers as I think they also reveal an immature side. Remember, you are trying to show yourself in the best light. You are trying to demonstrate your personality to an adcom, not peer. Does that make any sense? I think your other answers are unique.</p>

<p>Excellent advice from camomof3!</p>

<p>I have no idea how much impact they have on admission, but I know that traditionally the dean of admission reads several of them (anonymously) at the admitted student Explore USC sessions. My personal favorite (for the "3 words") from 2008:</p>




<p>The director of admission stated at my Explore session that they have no effect on your admission - they're more used to break up monotony in the office and to read at these Explore events. For what its worth, mines were probably worse/stupider/equally immature (e.g., my three words were "I AM IRONMAN" and my hero was "you". My favorite fictional character was either Lane Kiffin's modesty or visor, I can't remember which I went with).</p>

<p>Based on my son's interview for scholarships, the quick takes do not make or break whether you get in but they are a window into your personality--and he was questioned about his answers in his scholarship interview. So, you should answer honestly and it is good to be clever. I agree with camomof3..your 3 word answer is not ideal ..remember these are adults reading your answers..</p>

<p>I know that they made fun of one answer last year in particular..some kid said his three words were handsome,brilliant and humble...LOL........good luck!</p>

<p>LOL--I'll just chime in too. I thought your answers were funny and pretty real. I didn't mind your 3 words at all. After all, you are a high school senior, so I read it as having fun. </p>

<p>I also love the three words: handsome, brilliant and humble. I don't think they were making fun of that answer but showing a guy with sense of humor who didn't mind taking a risk that the adcom would "get" that no kid would call himself "handsome and brilliant" without a little humor in it as well. ;) I would also point out--the funny answers they read out loud are from students who were... admitted!</p>

<p>I wouldn't worry. As all the smart people above have replied, the only "wrong" answer would be something stilted, contrived, artificial and sounding like one is trying too hard.</p>

<p>Here is a recent entry on the USC Admissions blog on this very subject. I underlined a couple of passages that I think illustrate what posters above have been telling you:

What’s Trending Now</p>

<p>Posted on December 14, 2011 by mschweit
Every year, it seems like there are certain recurring trends we see in the **Quick Takes
* section of the application. Whether it’s a popular humanitarian issue or simply a favorite movie that seems to be every student’s favorite, it’s amazing the similarities we often find.</p>

<pre><code> This year is no exception. Not surprisingly, Adele is in the lead according to my unofficial tally of students’ responses to the favorite musical performer/band or composer question. Another popular favorite from last year, Taylor Swift, is also in the running. Similarly, books such as The Hunger Games or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo must be flying off the bookstore shelves based on the amount of times students list this as their favorite book! I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that both of these also have soon-to-be-released movies coming out soon…

  One of my personal favorites is &#8220;What is your dream job?&#8221; In many cases, the response to this question directly reflects an applicant&#8217;s academic interest. Some students give very specific responses, such as plastic surgeon for burn victims or Myth Buster, while others are more general in their career aspirations at this point in their life with answers like CEO of a company or professional athlete. Other students really dream big. This year alone, I&#8217;ve seen professional ice cream flavor namer to trophy husband to Lady Gaga&#8217;s back-up dancer to princess! Let me tell you, I enjoy a nice chuckle from these responses from time to time.

  Personally, I view the Quick Takes section as a great place to let your unique personality come through. Even with a limited amount of room to respond to these ten quick response questions, describing yourself as &#8220;knee slappin&#8217; hilarious&#8221; tells me quite a bit about you. It&#8217;s interesting to see what trends we see in applications from year to year- these definitely give us some insight into what&#8217;s going on in 17 and 18 year old minds! Whether or not your interests and personality quirks are similar to those of your peers, we&#8217;re not looking for any particular responses in the application. At the end of the day, we want to get to know you. And if your dream job is to own a bike repair/gelato shop on the beach like mine is, so be it. We appreciate your honesty and the occasional bit of humor.

What’s Trending Now Undergraduate Admission Blog

<p>Good luck!!!</p>