Application and Essay Tips

Question: My daughter wants to be a playwright but she agreed to major in business so she has something to fall back on if playwriting doesn't work out. When I looked at her essays, they are all about playwriting. One essay asks her passion, another asks her career goal, another asks about a realization that changed her -- and they are all about writing plays. Will this hurt her chances of getting into business school? In other words, should she have written her essays about a passion for business rather than plays?

Your daughter can certainly include her passion for playwriting in her essays, but it shouldn’t take center stage quite to the extent that you describe. This is especially true if she is applying to universities with separate business schools and somewhat less critical if she’s aiming for places that are primarily liberal arts colleges but also offer a business option.

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