UC Personal statement prompts for Fall 2013

School is still in session in many parts of the country, and high school students are probably thinking more about what they’re going to do over the summer than they are about their college applications in the fall. But it’s always good to think ahead and starting planning.

The University of California has just announced that the prompts for the UC personal statements will not change for the Fall of 2013. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are a rising high school senior (class of 2013), and you’re planning to apply to the University of California, that means you’ll be writing on the same topics that last year’s applicants wrote on.

So, what are the prompts? In a nutshell, there are two prompts (paraphrased—be sure to check the official UC website for exact instructions):

  • Describe your “world”, your life, your upbringing, etc., and how all of these influences have affected you, your goals, and your dreams.
  • Describe something special about you—a talent, ability, accomplishment, experience, etc.

As I mentioned above, these prompts are unchanged from previous years, so there are no surprises here—the UCs still want to know about you, your life, your “world”, and something special about you. This will give you the chance to talk yourself up a bit and explain anything special you’ve done in your life.

I’ve helped hundreds of people with their application essays, including the essays for the UCs and will be writing about how to approach writing these essays in the future. So stay tuned!

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SAT vocabulary: tarry

What does tarry mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word tarry

First, before you read about the word tarry, try this quick vocab quiz:

tarry most nearly means

(A) dice
(B) delay
(C) fly
(D) exhaust
(E) skew

Write your answer down, or just store it in that razor-sharp mind of yours. (If you can’t wait, the answer is below.)

Now let’s learn about the word tarry.

Part of Speech of tarry

tarry is a VERB.

Pronunciation tarry

Here’s how to pronounce tarry:

IPA: /ˈte.ri/

Glossary-style: [TE-ree]

Definition of tarry

tarry means: delay, or be late or tardy; stay in one place, as at a hotel; wait.

Explain more about tarry, please

tarry is not a terribly common word today, but the word does show up in literature, especially in writing from previous centuries.

To tarry is essentially to extend time in some way, typically to prolong something or to stay somewhere, as at an inn or other form of lodging. So, you may read something like “Don’t tarry! Come quickly!” or you may read about someone tarrying over a pint of beer rather than returning to work.

Example of tarry

Here’s the word tarry used in a sentence:

While the US tarries, other countries are improving their economies by sheer hard work and ingenuity.

If you’ve read this far, you’re a great student and will learn vocabulary quickly. You may now check your answer.

Answer to the quick vocab quiz