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Boarding school applications require the student to complete short and long answer essays. It is crucial that the student follow the instructions for completing the essays, including adhering to the required word count criteria. It is also very important that the student write the essays, and not an adult or other student. The student must electronically sign a waiver signifying that he or she wrote the essays to the best of his or her ability. 

Additionally, admissions committees can easily determine when an essay has been written by an adult or educational professional. Submitting an application that includes plagiarized content or text written by someone other than the applicant results in immediate exclusion of the student’s application. 

Students are not expected to write on an adult level, nor are they expected to write an essay that is void of punctuation and grammatical errors. Students are still learning the components of effective writing, expanding their vocabularies, and finding their unique voice and writing style. Admissions professionals are very aware of these aspects and take these into consideration when evaluating an applicant’s essays.

Students type the essays directly into the online application template. Once the pupil selects the “Submit” button on the application platform, the essays may not be revised or rescinded. Therefore, it is very important that the student read, re-read, and read again his or her submission to ensure that it is written exactly as intended.

Following are examples of essay questions the student is asked to answer:

  1. What is your favorite activity, and why?
  2. How has your community played a role in shaping the person you are today?
  3. What is the most interesting information you have learned recently?
  4. What have you learned from a challenge that you have experienced? How did you overcome this challenge?
  5. Providing one or two examples from your life, tell us what empathy means to you.
  6. What plans do you have for your future? What steps do you plan to take to make your life more meaningful?
  7. Describe a topic, idea, or concept that you find so captivating that you would happily teach a course on it at our school.
  8. Describe the items you would bring when traveling to a new place that would enable others to understand your values and background.
  9. Share a moment or experience that sparked personal growth or a new perspective, and how this has influenced who you are today.
  10. Describe a personal story that is essential to who you are. How will this characteristic strengthen our boarding school community?
  11. Please share with us one of your fondest memories, and how it impacted you.
  12. What reading have you enjoyed in the past year and why?
  13. Why are you applying to our school, and what do you hope to gain from your experience here?
  14. Imagine you are a student at our school and you invite a fellow classmate who is from a different part of the world to your hometown. What do you feel would be important to share with him or her, and why?
  15. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given? How has this advice changed the way you see yourself, others, and the world?
  16. How do you define success? Name someone who best lives up to your definition of success.
  17. You have $100,000 to give away; you cannot spend it on yourself. What would you do with the money?

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