So here’s the deal: the UCs are looking for some very particular information (14 pieces of information, in fact), and the 8 new personal insight questions are intimately connected to these 14 points.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

Lesson 1.1 starts off with a Brief Guide to the UC Application so you get the big picture and answers to questions like:

  • What are UC admission officers looking for in these new prompts?

  • How do the new Personal Insight Questions fit into the 14 points of comprehensive review?

  • Also, what ARE the 14 points of comprehensive review?

Glad you asked.

Lesson 1.2 dives deep into each one. For example, when the UC schools say they like to see that you’ve completed “special projects”, what does that even mean?

Lesson 1.3 shows you how to write an awesome UC Activities List and provides some great examples.

In Lesson 1.4, you’ll get inspired as I walk you through the Values Exercise (via video) and help you come up with the topics and content for your responses to the UC prompts.

Lesson 2.1 helps you turn your topics into real actual essays through two different structures: Montage or Narrative.

Then, we get down to business and I walk you through the following:

Lesson 2.2 – How do I answer the PIQ (Personal Insight Questions) by writing about personal challenges through the Narrative Structure?

Lesson 2.3 – Example Narrative Structure and Analysis

Lesson 2.4 – How do I use the Montage Structure to answer the PIQ?

Lesson 2.5 – Example Montage Structure and Analysis

Finally, if you’re looking to really take your essay to the next level, you can take my in-depth How to Answer the UC Application Prompts course or if you’re ready to tackle your Common App essay, take a look at either my Free 1-Hour Guide to Writing the Personal Statement or the more in-depth How to Write a Personal Statement course.

Happy writing!

P.S. What do you think of the new UC prompts? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Tell me why below.