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YouTube AI Video Hits a Million Views

Lehigh University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
First off, I should admit that I spend way too much time on YouTube. But, as I always explain to my parents, I watch only the educational channels on YouTube (okay, mostly the educational channels). One of my favorite channels is The Slow Mo Guys. They use ultra advanced technical cameras to film experiments in super slow motion.
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3 Experiences that Put Me on the Path to Environmental Engineering

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
One Paragraph Short Answer
A Boy Scout project, a club, and an internship have put me on the path to a career in environmental engineering. Every Earth Day, from fourth grade to seventh grade, my Boy Scout cleaned up the area around a local pond.
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Activity - Internship Environmental Equipment Company

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Really Short Answer
Last summer, I landed an internship that gave me the opportunity to do field testing of environmental equipment measuring air pollution.
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Activity - School Publication

University of Michigan
One Paragraph Short Answer
I would continue working for my school publication because the experience has led to my development as a writer, leader, and contributor to my school.
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Activity/Work Experience Short Answer

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One Paragraph Short Answer
Below are 10 samples of responses to the activity/work experience short answer question. They touch on the most common types of activities and work experiences and should give you a great starting point for your own answer.
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A Few of My Favorite Things

University of Chicago
Essay
Amidst the piles of Elle and Entertainment Weekly that sit atop my coffee table, the one subscription that I always read backwards and forwards is Reader’s Digest.
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A Poetic Submission

Vassar College
Other
Where I'm From*I am from shin guards from Tide and OxiClean.
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A Room of My Own

Tufts University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
5:51am. I hear the alarm go off. I open my eyes, turn on the lights, and see the mural that has been on my wall ever since I was born. My oldest sister, Betsy, picks flowers while my middle sister Jenny swings and I host a tea party in the elaborate garden.
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A Tutorial with Marissa Mayer

Williams College
Essay
At Williams we believe that bringing together students and professors in small groups produces extraordinary academic outcomes. Our distinctive Oxford-style tutorial classes—in which two students are guided by a professor in deep exploration of a single topic—are a prime example
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A Walk in the Woods

Wake Forest University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and Colbert’s I am America and So Can You are five books that I would recommend to anyone as worth the read.
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