I'll show you the application essays I submitted to PrattMWP and SCAD-Atlanta last month. Application essays are much more flexible than one might think. As long as you don't deviate too much from the actual essay prompt and spout some bullshit such as empty promises and talk-without-action, you're good to go. You could write about something funny, your personal experience, or a small incident that made you realize a big life lesson. Again, this depends on your essay prompt.
As I can be self-critical with my work at times, it was hard for me to judge my essays unbiasedly, but what I know for sure is, these were the absolute best I could do at that time. I read and edited over and over, more than 10 times. I wanted to do my best, as that would mean I could get a better strike at that merit-aid, but it wasn't a nerve-wracking task for me. I've always loved writing essays, and application essays are no exception. All I hoped for was that it wouldn't be too cheesy.
FYI, SCAD doesn't require an essay/artist's statement. It's a supplementary material that can get you more scholarship. Naturally, I wrote all necessary supplementary essays to qualify for more and better merit-aid, including international students essay and multi-cultural essays and whatnot. I'm an international student, which means I've got no need-based aid, which means I need the most merit-aid I can get, which means! I don't have to worry too much about the hefty fees and cost of living in the United States. Obviously I can get external scholarships, but the more merit-aid, the better.
My SCAD essay played a part in a massive scholarship that has been awarded to me by SCAD. As for Pratt, I have yet to hear back from them, but I will update you as soon as I do.
My 2017 SCAD essay:
The statement should be no more than 500 words in length and should give an overview of the applicant's academic and personal experience, describing preparation for and commitment to further study at SCAD, as well as educational and professional goals and aspirations.
My 2017 Pratt essay:
Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life. The essay must should be 250–500 words.
For all of you guys who are applying to college/art schools, best of luck! I'm also very interested in hearing your application stories, so feel free to share them!
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