Ms. Joseph’s suggestion is a variation on essay prompts by Stanford and Harvard universities in recent years, which suggested writing a letter to a future roommate.
Remember: I ain’t saying this is the only way to write your roommate essay, but it’s a pretty good way. And, if you want to get into Stanford, your roommate essay—like your main Common App essay—should demonstrate these three things:
Okay, this is not the only way to write your Stanford (or Harvard) roommate essay, but it is a good way, and it’s based on an essay that I think is great. First, read the example essay, then we’ll talk about why it’s great and how she did it.
Last week, our friend Ethan Sawyer for getting started on Stanford's notorious roommate essay, in which applicants are asked to write a letter to their future roommates. In today's post, he expands on his insights and offers tips for improving your essay if you've already written a first draft. Listen up, because his tips and tricks can help you with any of the personal essays you may have to write!