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Supplemental Essay Villanova

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Prompt: Emblazoned on our University Seal is a flaming heart which symbolizes St. Augustine's passionate search to know God and love others. What sets your heart on fire?

Everyone has their own “fire”, thing that inspires an individual, creatively. Everyone has a driving force behind all of their motives and goals in life, both professionally and personally. These driving forces are called passion. Personally, I believe that until you find your passion or something you’re passionate about, you’ll never be able to understand someone else’s. Similarly, trying to explain passion to someone who has never experienced it, is like trying to explain light to someone who has been blind their entire life.
Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness, and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is the only force in this entire universe that can enable you to accomplish anything you set your mind. Ultimately, being passionate in all aspects of life is the driving force behind success and happiness. As Harriet Tubman once said, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
In , I was years-old. While most year-olds’ days didn’t consist of anything more than school and maybe an after school activity, mine didn’t.
I always had a desire to create. When I started my own online media and web development company in , I finally had an outlet. For the first time ever, I had a legitimate desire to channel my passion. The next few years made me realize that this was something I always had an underlying passion for. Fortunately for me, I figured out earlier in life than most people, that this is something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life.
My passion always has and always will be the in the creation of something, regardless of what exactly it may be. I’d rather make something out of nothing for myself than to just play a part in someone else’s dream. Creating something out of nothing, like I’ve been doing for the past six years of my life, has made me realize that passion cannot be faked. Honestly, in my most humble of opinions, if you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing you did it and just do it. I made the decision to take my own advice and when I was only years-old and it is, to this day, the greatest decision I’ve ever made.


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Villanova Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: Choose one out of three prompts. words.

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Oddball, Community

In addition to the essay included with the Common Application and as part of Villanova&#;s Member Section of the Common Application, Villanova requires that you submit one Villanova Essay (of words per the Common Application guidelines) from the three choices below. This essay is an important part of your application as it provides us with an opportunity to gain more insights into your candidacy.

Please note: the Villanova Essay should have a separate and distinctive response to that of the Common Application Essay.

Option One: At Villanova, we believe that it is our similarities that make us strong, but our differences that make us stronger. Please tell us about a relationship that you have with someone who is different from you and how that has changed who you are today.

Are you the kind of person that is open to learning new things and entertaining ideas that perhaps you haven’t considered before? That is what Villanova wants to know from your answer to this prompt. The ability to learn and grow is often rooted in your ability to push beyond your comfort zone and process other people’s perspectives, and this is your opportunity to showcase you have the kind of openminded sensibility required to take advantage of the diversity a college experience will provide. Can you think of a specific interaction you had with someone that shook you at your core or turned your beliefs upside down? When can you remember thinking about someone’s life or experiences as being completely unfamiliar and completely fascinating? And what have you learned from these kinds of relationships?

Option Two: &#;Become what you are not yet&#; &#; Saint Augustine
When you daydream, who do you hope to become in the future?

This is a prompt about aspirations. It is also a prompt with endless potential for invention and imagination. You can take it in so many different directions. Think about it, your goals for the future can branch out to so many different areas of your life &#; professional, academic, social and more. What have you not addressed anywhere else on the application that is worth highlighting here? It can help to root your fantasy in reality and connect what you want to do in the future with what you’ve done in the past. For example, maybe you were elected President of the United States in your mock government class and you realized you had a passion for leading and policy and now you hope to continue the role later on in the real world. Perhaps you volunteered teaching English as a second language to students in underserved communities and the experience inspired you to seek a degree in education. Or maybe you want to take a different route altogether and be one of the first people to go on a one way mission to Mars. The possibilities are endless, as long as you explain your rationale to admissions to give them another peek into what makes you tick. 

Option Three: Describe a book, movie, song or other work of art that has been significant to you since you were young and how its meaning has changed for you as you have grown.

Of course we love this prompt. We’re nerds. And anything that allows us to wax poetic about our favorite comics (Sandman) or artwork (Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkins!) is a thrill. This question is especially interesting in that it is asking how a work of art has changed for you over time. Admissions wants to see that you understand the shift in perspective from childhood to adulthood and are asking you to connect the dots for them. Did reading Lord of The Rings give you the courage to take chances and trust your gut in your own life? Did Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album accompany you through dark times? Did your time watching Hitchcock films with your dad inspire you to pursue a career in the arts? Villanova wants to know!

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