Tips and Guide on Writing UC Personal Insight Questions Prompt #2

Prompt 2: Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.


One thing to keep in mind about this question is that being creative doesn’t mean you have to be an artist!


Creativity lies in your outlook: seeing the opportunity to use one of your skills in a situation; looking at a problem from a new angle to find the solution that no one else could see. This question is ideal for the more scientifically oriented to create a more well-rounded profile. Think about what creativity means to you. No matter how you express creativity, the main focus of your essay should remain on how being creative has shaped your thoughts and ideas.


Ask yourselves questions like:Why does creativity matter? How does creativity manifest in our lives? In what ways has creativity makes you to understand yourself. Tell stories and have creativity as a theme in your story. Problem solver is also a way to showcase creativity.


Talk about the ways your creative outlet emerged, evolved, and how it might align with your career interest. Instead of saying “I love drawing,” you should frame your sentence in a way that explains to the reader how and why it matters to you. Mention if you’ve started or led clubs involving the activity or found a community through it with like-minded peers.

Finally, you should mention how you hope to continue this activity in college. The UC schools want to admit individuals who are specialized in their interests. Knowing that you would bring a unique perspective to a creative activity can assure them that you’re an impressive candidate.


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