Essay: Worth 40% of total points

After working closely with college counselors and admission officers our YLBC committee chose the following prompts that will give you plenty of choices and opportunities for expressing yourself.
Choose one that works best for you.

The goal of the following prompts is to help all students, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration.

Due June 30th
The essay and resume portion will be digitally submitted this year.

Prepare your essay using ONE of the following essay topics:

  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

  • Essay must include a cover page with Title, Student Name, School Name, and Date
  • Essay must be no more than 650 words in length (not including the title page), double spaced,
    12 point Times New Roman font
  • Essay will be graded on the following rubric with 100 points possible
  • Document must be submitted as a doc or docx file (using Microsoft Word)
  • Name your file appropriately with your LastName_FirstNameEssay to receive full points


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