Note: There is only one application for all the UC schools.
Therefore, your responses will be sent to every single University of California school that you apply to.
Therefore, do not be put off by this prompt if you are not in a traditionally “creative” role (i.e., artist or poet).
The prompt’s emphasis on problem-solving allows you to draw narratives from (seemingly) mundane everyday tasks such as creating a contraption to massage your tennis elbow.
Repeat this process until you are faced with only four questions.
For example, just because you were only a member in the chess club does not mean you cannot have taken leadership in organizing a tournament or fundraiser.
Then, select out of the “possibility” questions that would, in combination with your “definites,” produce the most well-rounded essay profile, which would both highlight your few key strengths as well as reveal your complexities and breadth of character.
While doing so, it is important to base your decision on not only your immediate liking for the topic, but also on the available substance (anecdotes).
As a student at a school that did not offer any honors classes, you enrolled in online lectures to learn the subject you were passionate about — Human Geography.
Afterwards, you spoke to your school administrators about high-achieving students needing higher-level courses, and they agreed to talk to the local community college to start a pipeline for students like you.