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Bard College at Simon's Rock - The Early College Writing Requirements


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Below is a list of required and optional writing questions for this school.  Depending on your answers to some questions you may be required to complete additional writing questions, so be sure to read all of the instructions within your application. 

First Year     Transfer

First Year

College-Specific Writing Questions

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Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. Optional Long Answer 0/250
 

Writing Supplement

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Why Here, Why Now?

Leaving high school to begin college early is an unusual choice. What goals, ambitions, and motivations have led you to apply for admission to Bard College at Simon's Rock? Are there particular experiences, either academic or personal, that have contributed to your desire to begin college early? How does the particular kind of education and community that Simon's Rock offers fit your own desires for intellectual and personal growth? How will your presence affect the academic and social environments at Simon's Rock? (500 to 1000 words)
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CRITICAL ANALYSIS (All Applicants)
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois [1868-1963] was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and author. Born in Great Barrington, where Simon's Rock is located, Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. Du Bois published The Souls of Black Folk in 1903, was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, and edited its monthly magazine, The Crisis.
For the Critical Analysis essay, choose one of the following options:
1. Write a 500-1000 word essay interpreting the following excerpt and discussing its implications for education, inclusion, and democratic society.
The hushing of the criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort, and others to burst into speech so passionately and intemperately as to lose listeners. Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched, criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led, this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society.
2. In this excerpt, Du Bois describes the experience of African Americans pursuing an education in post-Emancipation America. Write a 500-1000 word essay interpreting the excerpt and discussing how it might speak to the present day pursuit of knowledge, self-awareness, and authenticity.

It was weary work...If, however, the vistas disclosed as yet no goal, no resting-place, little but flattery and criticism, the journey at least gave leisure for reflection and self-examination; it changed the child of Emancipation to the youth with dawning self-consciousness, self-realization, self-respect. In those sombre forests of his striving his own soul rose before him, and he saw himself, darkly as through a veil; and yet he saw in himself some faint revelation of his power, of his mission. He began to have a dim feeling that, to attain his place in the world, he must be himself, and not another.
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Transfer

College-Specific Writing Questions

Question Required or
Optional
Long Answer or Upload Min/Max Word Count
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. Optional Long Answer 0/250
 

Writing Supplement

Question Required or
Optional
Long Answer or Upload Min/Max Word Count
Please take a moment to express your interest in Transferring by addressing three to five (3-5) of the following prompts in a total of 500-1000 words: 
 
-What courses and areas of study thus far have been most meaningful to you or have helped shape your current interests?
-Taking into consideration your academic interests, what do you hope to accomplish during your time at Simon's Rock?
-What Simon's Rock courses do you foresee taking that would help you complete your concentration(s) and related study?
-What other experiences (e.g., tutorials, independent studies, or internships) might you also do to augment your program?
-What are your strengths as a student and what areas do you feel need development in preparation for the challenge of completing the B.A. program and writing a thesis?
-How have the resources and activities at your current (or previous) learning community contributed to your educational experience?
-How do you see yourself as a member of this learning community?
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  • Topic #: 33011-4024
  • Date Created: 08/08/2017
  • Last Modified Since: 10/02/2017
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