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今年,Common App在文書部分添加了205詞的文書,允許學生描述新冠疫情對他們的生活產生的影響。這是Common App的官方網站描述:

Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.

Do you wish to share anything on this topic? Y/N

The question will be optional and will appear in the Additional Information section of the application. The response length will be limited to 250 words.






1.評分標準和政策Grading scales and policies
2.碩士生錄取要求Graduation requirements
3.指導方法Instructional methods
4.課程安排和課程規劃Schedules and course offerings
5.考試要求Testing requirements
6.校歷Your academic calendar






1. 臨床活動(臨床服務;照顧家人)
描述:clinical services; patient care during COVID-19 pandemic

2. 研究活動(參與和疫情有關的研究活動)
描述:status of research and research-related output during COVID-19 pandemic

3. 教學活動(疫情期間支教)
描述:teaching and preparation for teaching during COVID-19 pandemic

4. 大學/公共服務(在疫情期間做志愿者)
描述:service related to COVID-19 pandemic efforts

5. 創造性的活動(如,發布博文引起社會關注、創建個人平臺)
描述:podcasts or Blog posts (COVID-19 related) with # views or listens; Platform and metrics for specific examples (Twitter threads or posts); media appearances on TV, print or radio




a) Challenges Faced + Impacts on Me面臨的挑戰+對我產生的影響
b) What I Did about It 我做了什么
c) What I Learned 我從中學習了什么

Below is an example of what this might look like. (It’s not an actual example, but was written by a former student to illustrate how you can write yours)

Example 1 (faced significant challenges):

Living in rural North Carolina, I have limited access to a     consistent, high-speed internet connection. During the pandemic, my family did not have the means to upgrade to a higher internet speed and were working hard around the house trying to make ends meet. This meant I was often unable to access the internet in time to turn in assignments when they were due. It was also difficult to concentrate because our house is very small and everyone was working in close proximity. (在家辦公,互聯網無法升級,網速有限的情況下很難提交作業和集中注意力)

Although I found it hard to focus on schoolwork, I communicated these problems to my family so that we could work together. I organized a     rotating schedule for my parents and my older sister. We marked off the blocks of time during which we would need to be online and created a     system in which only two family members would be on the internet at the same time. The people who were not busy would stay quiet indoors or go outside to talk. This made it so that the internet was faster and there was less noise inside the house.(為了解決課業問題,和家人溝通上網時間、噪音)

I am proud to say that I used what I had at my disposal to make the best out of a difficult situation. The unusual conditions instilled in me the value of the organization and clear communication. I found ways of adapting my work to fit new time constraints and will bring this knowledge with me to college. (240 words)(認識到了組織規劃和溝通的重要性)

Example 2 (did not face significant challenges): 

I live in Marfa, Texas, where an important part of the local economy is the restaurant industry. Many businesses in the area were forced to shut down or operate in a more limited capacity. To support these people and their contributions to our community, I started an online blog to write reviews about the takeout my family and I ate during the quarantine. I made sure to include details about how food could be ordered and what options they had for different dietary restrictions. As someone who has a very restrictive diet, I understand the importance of finding food that is healthy, delicious, and conscious of different dietary needs.     I also wanted to encourage people to support their local businesses.(對餐飲行業的影響,寫作隔離期間的外賣點評,鼓勵大家幫助社區里的經濟)

In addition, to keep myself physically active despite limited mobility, I created a makeshift gym in my house. I fashioned “dumbbells”     out of old milk cartons filled with dirt and took an online class about weight training to build a balanced workout schedule. I even got my parents to join me once a week!(在家里做運動)

I stayed connected with friends during weekly sessions on Zoom and Discord. We often spent hours playing online board games like Bananagrams and Codenames. Because I enjoyed bonding over these games and being intellectually stimulated by the puzzles they posed, I ended up taking an online course in Python and am working on coding my first video game. (231     words)(和朋友線上游戲,上網課)



Example 3 (faced significant challenges):

“Jose, turn down the TV. MOM, THE STOVEWON’T TURN ON! Be quiet, I’m on a call. Zuli, have you seen the scissors anywhere?!”

Life in quarantine was actually four lives squished together. The pandemic forced my parents, my older sister, and me into a space that wasn’t built for all of our preferences and professions. Living in a small, one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles meant that internet speed was often slow and privacy was minimal. We were constantly yelling, stepping on each other’s toes.

Although I was discouraged, I knew that the tension in our house came mostly from fear of uncertainty, not a lack of love. I kept a level head and called a family meeting. Together, we organized a rotating schedule, marking off when we needed to be online. With this information, we created a system in which only two family members would be on the internet at any time. The people who were not busy would keep quiet or go outside to talk. In a matter of days, the internet was faster and the noise had gone down.

I did what I could to make the best out of a difficult situation. The unusual conditions instilled in me the value of the organization and clear communication. And I learned how to hit pause when things got intense. We’re still squished, but our love is louder than our yelling.(231 words)(隔離帶來的家庭關系危機,以及溝通如何讓大家變得更加緊密)

Quick Notes + Tips: 

Using a slightly more creative approach is also fine. In fact,     some readers may find it refreshing. But note that the “slightly more creative” opening is really just 24 words long. The rest is pretty straightforward. So don’t spend too much time obsessing over this. The information you share is what’s most important here.你需要注意,體現出少量部分的創造性,你分享的信息才是最重要的。

Notice how, in this example, the author takes the framework of the first example essay and bends it into a more cohesive narrative. It still follows the same path (i.e., identifying the challenges/effects, how you dealt with them, what you learned), but smooths the edges between those sections. It also gets a bit more creative with the intro, hooking readers with some intriguing sentence fragments. If you want to do something a little unconventional, this is a good framework you can use. 

Also notice that the author still keeps all the relevant information here. It’s still crucial for her to communicate that the internet speed was slow and the house was crowded because that’s essentially the answer to the prompt. Those are challenges that will help admissions officers contextualize the author’s transcript. Remember,     important information like that should be included no matter which of these formats you use.


個性與激情(identity and passions):你的一部分背景、個性、才能十分有意義,你的申請如果沒有這一部分,就會失去競爭力。如果你是這樣的人,請分享你的故事。

克服挑戰、困境和失敗(Overcomingchallenges, setbacks, and failures):我們從挫折中學到的經驗,能夠成為日后的成功的基石?;貞浤忝媾R挑戰、挫折與失敗的時刻,你從中學到了什么?

批判性地思考(Thinking critically):回憶起一個你對某個信念產生質疑的時刻。你為什么會產生這樣的思考,結果如何?

解決問題(Solving problems):描述你解決過的一個問題,或者是你想要解決的問題。這可以是一次智力的挑戰、一次研究、一次道德困境。解釋它對你的重要性。

個人成長(Personal growth):討論一次成就、活動或者自我實現,以及它們如何幫助你實現個人成長,并對自己和他人產生新的理解。

靈感與好奇(Inspiration and curiosity):描述一個十分吸引你的話題、觀點、概念,吸引到你的是什么?