Mako Csapo | UCSD
As a procrastinator with a busy schedule, passport admissions made it possible for me to stay on track with my statements. I was very overwhelmed by the admissions process. When I came in I had 10 essays to write and each had completely different statement prompts, varying greatly in length and content inclusion. Some programs had 6 page requirements, where they wanted me to write answers to specific questions, while others wanted a single page with a single open-ended question. The thought of writing 10 completely different essays rather than the one generic essay, made me unable to figure out where I should begin. My admissions advisor helped me to start off with a very long essay unique to myself, then helped me to cater and cut down information from the the original that was relevant to each specific program.
My interest in Passport Admissions was initiated by my lack of confidence in my writing ability. With a busy schedule of working fifty hours a week, taking a class, I knew that the time required to write the perfect personal statements couldn't be done without help. I was still hesitant, but after having a free consultation with Rob Humbracht, an admissions advisor, and laying out a plan and foundation, I realized how much work I had left to do and how little time I had to do it in.
Writing my personal statement, was a period of personal growth. While I had a general concept of my interests, the amount that I had to specify led me to a great amount of introspection during the personal statement writing process .It was definitely a lot to think about and I couldn't wait for it to be over, but attending interviews after my applications were submitted, it became clear to me that I had a distinct concept of exactly what I wanted to do and who I wanted to work with.
When I came to passport I was still searching through programs. Brainstorming with my admissions advisor, actually opened up new pathways and interest areas, and established revisions to my selected program list. Through editing tips, I was able to challenge contradictions in my writing, and ensure that I was portraying myself for my unique points, making me stand out from other students.
So far I have been accepted to USC and pepperdine and have had interviews at the University of San Diego, San Diego State University, and Cal State Stanislaus, and am still waiting to hear back on an admissions decision from those schools, as well as New York University and Columbia Teachers College.