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Minds Matter

2019-20 Student Application

To ensure that we reach the most dedicated and qualified students, Minds Matter has a detailed application process. Minds Matter is a meritocratic organization that rewards hard work, dedication and achievement. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, or national origin.*


*We will not share your immigration status with anyone. 


Please do not ask anyone to help you edit this application. We really want to see your thoughts in your own words. To start which chapter are you applying to?


If you have any questions about the application, please email admin@mindsmatter.org


Basic Information
























Demographic Information
















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Family Information



















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School/Academic Information








What extracurricular activities (personal, school, athletic, religious, community, etc.) have you participated in during the last two years? What positions (if any) have you held (e.g. editor, president, secretary, captain)? Be sure to only list ONE activity per submission (to add more than one, use the "Add Another Activity" button below). Please include family and community commitments (such as church, volunteering, work, babysitting, etc.)






What awards/honors (if any) have you received in the past three years?  Be sure to only list ONE award per submission (to add more than one, use the "Add Another Award/Honor" button below).


Short Answer Questions NOTE: write your answers in a word document before submitting them here to ensure you don't lose any progress on your responses.

Choose 2 of the 4 topics below to answer (200 words):
1. What class inspires you and makes you curious to learn more? Why?

2. 
Tell us about a leadership experience you've had and something you've learned from it.

3. 
What is your most difficult class, and what have you done to improve your chances of success in that class?

4. 
Is there any career you're excited about? Have you done anything to learn more about it?


Please answer the short response questions below:



























Short Response (150 words)
Note: the first question is mandatory. After that, you can choose 2 out of the 3 short response questions to answer




Essay Questions (250 words)





Choose 1 of the 4 topics below to answer:
1. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.

2. 
A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

3. 
Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

4. 
Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Long response question (250 words maximum)

Choose 1 of the 3 topics below to answer:
1. If you could pick any place in the world to spend the summer, where would it be and why?

2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

3. 
What is one problem in society you would most like to solve, and if given access to unlimited resources, how would you approach solving it?

Choose 1 of the 4 topics below to answer:
1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

2. What is a challenge you are currently facing, personal or academic?  Please elaborate on why it is a challenge for you and explain how you are working to address it.

3. Think about a time when you felt overwhelmed by a situation or faced an obstacle that derailed you from a goal. What was the goal, what happened to overwhelm or derail you, and how did you handle it?

4. What is a significant issue in American society today that you think needs solving?  Please explain and propose a detailed solution.  

Choose 1 of the 4 topics below to answer:
1. Describe a challenge you've faced and overcome. How did it change you?

2. What character in a book, movie or TV show do you identify with and why?

3. Choose a quote you like and tell why it matters to you.

4. What are you passionate about and why? How have you demonstrated this passion?

Long Response (250 words)
Note: Please choose one of the two questions below to answer. The word limit is 250 words.


Final Steps
Student Attestations
Student Attestations
Student Attestations
Student Attestations
Time Commitment Agreement
Time Commitment Agreement
Time Commitment Agreement
Time Commitment Agreement


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