MIT released its 2018-2019 essays–the same as last year. They are great essays that kids can really use to demonstrate their power. The advice MIT gave about the essays is fabulous. http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/our-2018-19-application-essay-questions
- “You are more interesting than anyone you can pretend to be; indeed, you are compelling and interesting enough as you are (you do not need to be more, or different, than what you are).
- You should learn something new about yourself in every essay you write (otherwise, you’re probably not being introspective enough).
- When trying to decide what to write about, pretend a friend you hadn’t spoken to in awhile had asked the question, not a college (you’ll get less performance anxiety and write more unselfconsciously).
- After you draft your essay, give it to a good friend, and ask them if it sounds like you; if it doesn’t, rewrite it until it does (because if your friends can’t see you in your words, how can we?). “