- What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left.
- Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
- Write about something that you love to do.
These are essay questions on Yale University's freshman admission application. According to author Amy Wang in Quartz, more than anything else, colleges are looking for passion and civic engagement.
When developing these traits, it pays to start early - and Pre K isn't too early! The habits of engagement and community that lead to passion can't really be authentic if they don't start until a student's junior year in high school.
Exploring the world in ways that lead to purposeful action is something that teachers intentionally build into the curriculum at Parker. When our kids are filling out their Yale applications, they won't have to stretch to answer these questions or come up with a canned response. They will have plenty of material to draw upon because they will have been living it and feeling it for years.