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VSA 2015 Essay Questions!

Posted by on Friday, November 21, 2014 in news, VSA Blog.

The wait is over! Actually, that’s not quite true. It’s almost over. Chances are, if you are seeing this post, then you follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, our Facebook page, or maybe our other Facebook page. If you haven’t figured it out already, we are kind of obsessed with staying connected with you. Or maybe you are here because of our newsletter. That’s okay too. (No, really. It’s fine.) But however you got to this blog post, you are here for one main reason:

Vanderbilt Summer Academy 2015!

A few weeks ago, we gave you an inside look into the process of what it takes to put together a great lineup of VSA courses. Then we started tempting you with course teasers. Those of you who’ve been playing our game of “Guess the Course” will find out how close you are on Thanksgiving. We will release a blog post for each session at around 4:00PM CST. (Family comes first! We figure that’s about the time most of your satiated relatives will fall asleep on the sofa.) We will update our website the following Monday.

In the meantime, we thought you might like to know what our essay questions will be this year. When you apply to VSA, you need to write two essays. The first one is basically the same every year:

Question 1:

In 200-300 words, please tell us why your first-choice course is a good fit for you.

Question 2 Options:

When it comes to the second question, we give you a choice. We also like to mix it up. So they tend to change every year. Are you ready to find out what your options are? Brace yourselves…

Write a 200-300 words response to one of the following:

• Imagine you are required to spend an entire year of your life in either the past or the future. What year would you travel to and why?

• What outrages you? What are you doing about it?

• Tell us a question you think a selective college should ask and how would you answer it?

We don’t launch our VSA applications for a few weeks, but there is no reason you can’t start thinking about your responses now. Maybe you can even start writing them. That way when we launch (January 6), you’ll be good to go!