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Example Admissions Essay on One's Unique Qualities

Instructions: What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that would allow you to contribute to the University community?

I don't really have any "unique" characteristics--maybe you can think something up. Since I am majoring in nursing it is important that you include that I am kind and friendly to other people. I volunteered at a day care center for three years and volunteered at a hospital for a few months this year. I'm sure you can figure a way to show how these characteristics would help me contribute to the university. You can also make up a few qualities as long as they aren't like special talents that I need to prove I can do.  Just make sure this is college level work and is appropriate for an admissions essay.

Personal Unique Characteristics

Coming to a new group of people is always a little scary, and most would fear a transfer to a place where they have few if any acquaintances, but I am confident of my ability to blend in with the campus community and make a valuable contribution. Speaking of my personal qualities, I believe that my greatest asset is my communication skills that help me to speak common language with people of most diverse backgrounds. I do hate inequality and prejudice and am ready to stand up for any person if I find that others are treating this individual with bias because of race, origin or other qualities related to background that a person has inherited at birth and cannot change. This determination to be fair to all usually wins me a lot of friends and, I hope, relying on my past experience, makes the group of people including me a safer place in terms of being free from prejudice and premature judgments. It is also true that I can organise people into groups of friends by suggesting different leisure-time activities like little outings that provide an incentive for people to get together and be nice to each other. In my view, the ability to hold a group together is a talent in itself as it strengthens social ties between people and can contribute to cohesion and friendliness on campus.

My popularity also hinges on my kindness and compassion for other people and sensitivity to their feelings. I have been doing a lot of charity work lately, first volunteering at a day care center, then switching to a hospital to try a hand at my future career. Volunteering at places where people need help gives me a sense of belonging to humanity through meeting the needs of the sick and disadvantaged. It is not only through official part-time volunteering that I try to meet these needs. I am alert and responsive to all human beings who happen to be in need of a friend and stand ready to reach out to them. I never hesitate to offer my help myself, without waiting for others to ask. Most of my friends enjoy it and are convinced that I am a great asset in any community due to my open, sociable and friendly character.

 

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