This week The New York Times column, The Choice has invited Janet Lavin Rapelye, the dean of admission atPrinceton University, to answer select reader questions about college admissions in the blog’s Guidance Office, She answers question about the essay, standardized tests and more. Here is a snippet below.
— Emiliano Lopez
Your command of the English language, whether or not you are a native speaker, is important because you will be asked to write extensively when you get to our campuses.
The best applications come from students who have spent time writing their essays, editing their work, and refining their message.
It is important to answer the question that is asked by a specific school, and not just to “recycle” one essay. This is not the time to take an academic paper you have written for a high school course and edit it for the application essay. This is your moment to be authentic.
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from The New York Times, written by Janet Lavin Rapelye