I'll say this about Villanova University–their admissions office has guts. The supplemental essay prompt for Villanova on the Common Application is one that virtually guarantees their admissions officers will have to spend hours reading cliche college essays. But the truly thoughtful applicants who really take the time to consider the prompt and to write a revealing essay will stand out–and that's just who Villanova wants to admit anyway.
Here's the prompt:
Please answer the following question in an essay of at least one typewritten page. This essay should be distinct and different from the essay submitted through the Common Application
One of the core values of Villanova, as an Augustinian university founded on the teachings of St. Augustine, is that students and faculty learn from each other. As you imagine yourself as a member of the Villanova community, what is one lesson that you have learned in your life that you will want to share with others?
This is the only supplemental essay on the Villanova application, so it's important to make it count. Here are a few tips:
Resist the urge to try to impress
Learning valuable lessons from life experiences and then applying them is something that mature, intelligent people do. So it certainly sounds like a good idea to talk about life lessons in a college application essay, which is why so many students choose to do so.