Assay Your Common App Essay

“Assay" is a word we don't see or hear very often. What does it mean? Well, no less an authoritative source than Wikipedia tells us:

An assay is an investigative (analytic) procedure in laboratory medicine, pharmacology, environmental biology, and molecular biology for qualitatively assessing or quantitatively measuring the presence or amount or the functional activity of a target entity (the analyte), which can be a drug or biochemical substance or a cell in an organism or organic sample.

I'm using that term only in the sense of those first seven words: “An assay is an investigative (analytic) procedure …" Obviously, as I am prone to do here, I'm making a little rhyme for the sake of a (hopefully) catchy title. So, forget all that chemistry lingo above and think of “assay" as a contemplative evaluation … a contemplative evaluation of your ideas for your Common Application (CA) essay.

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