Monday, July 25, 2011

Inside the Yellow File: Essay Length

So now that our Supplemental Application has launched, I imagine you have poked around and discovered that we require two separate essays in our supplemental application (in addition, of course, to the required personal statement in OptomCAS).  And if you read closely, you might have also noticed that we do not provide any length minimums or maximums.

I have to admit that this stumps a lot of applicants.  Why would we not post any guidelines about how long the essays should be?  Won't our admissions committee members be annoyed when they have to read a gazillion, 20-page essays? Wouldn't we rather have you keep it short and sweet?

Well, here's the deal.  First of all, in my 7 years here, no one EVER has written an essay that the admissions committee thought was uncharacteristically long.  In fact, it is most often the opposite- we get essays that are way too short. 

Second, these essays are our only opportunity to learn about you.  To hear your story.  To see a glimpse into your personality.  To see why you love optometry, and why you are excited about Pacific.  To learn about important things that have impacted you in your life.

So tell us your story.  Don't worry about making it too long or too short.  Worry about making it interesting... compelling... personal.  Make us like you through your words.  Make us understand why optometry, and Pacific, is for you.  Don't worry about some arbitrary length minimum or maximum.  After all, its like any good book- when you get to the end of a good book, no longer how thick it was, you just want it to continue.

The best essays make us want to continue getting to know you (which we then get to do at the interview).  So enjoy writing them.  Make them engaging.  And let your personality shine.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  I thought I would leave you for the weekend with this  video which I saw for the first time during InSight, when faculty member (and Admissions Committee member!) Dr. Blair Lonsberry shared it with our InSight attendees. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Restaurant Round-Up: Ruby Jewel

Ok, so its not a restaurant specifically.  But Ruby Jewel is a ridiculously delicious ice-cream shop, and since its summer, and I am eating ice-cream as much as possible in an effort to enjoy every second of our perfect, beautiful, 80 degree, no-humidity weather, I thought it was worth highlighting.

Ruby Jewel started out selling their ice-cream sandwiches at the Portland Farmer's Market.  After hundreds of people clamored for more, they opened up their store-front about a year ago, and all I can say is "its about time!".

Their ice-cream sandwiches are delicious.  Think honey-lavendar ice-cream with lemon cookies.  Or a dark-chocolate cookie with peanut butter ice-cream.  In short... delicious.