Essay Guidelines and Different Prompts for Upperclass PCs

• The general essay prompt for all Program Community applicants is as follows:

Please address the following questions (maximum is 500 words):

  1. Why are you interested in joining this Program Community?
  2. What would your involvement bring to this program’s overall experience?
  3. How have you participated in your current House community?
  4. If you have a specific bedroom, roommate pairing, or neighbor preferences, please list them.

• Some PCs want you to cover different information in your essay.  Review below and visit the links for more information:

  • Harrison/Front Row Theatre and the Arts: Students are asked to write a brief essay explaining their participation to date in the activities of the Front Row Theater company, or other theater groups on campus. First preference will be given to students who have participated specifically with Front Row Theater or art initiatives undertaken within Harrison College House (Harrison Art-Ins, Harrison Saturday Night Events, Cinema 180, or PCI).
  • Kings Court English/KCECH Upperclass Programs: Address the essay prompt and also cover what role you would take as an upperclass leader in a First-Year College House?
  • Lauder/2XP: Applicants need to address the following:
    • Imagine yourself as a Penn senior. Imagine that you were an inaugural member of the 2XP Community. Two years later, you have been invited to give a keynote speech for the current community's Welcome Dinner. Write the speech you would give.
      • Consider the following in your remarks, and feel free to be creative in the way you imagine your experiences:
        • what have you learned?
        • what will the community members gain from their participation?
        • how can you encourage them as a community
        • what advice would you provide to help them make the most of their opportunity?
    • Which of the following leadership opportunities are you most interested in as a member of 2XP?
      • Meliora Ambassador (peer mentor for Lauder College House first-year students)
      • Community Service
      • Restorative Circle Facilitator (peer facilitator trained to assist Lauder College House residents experiencing conflict)
    • The 7th floor of Lauder College House will be home to FYI: First Year Innovation, a community for first-year students. Two suites on this floor are designated for members of 2XP and those residents will serve as Meliora Ambassadors and leaders specifically with the FYI community. Are you interested in being placed on the 7th floor and working with the FYI community?

If not listed, then there are no requirements other than the general essay prompt. For a complete list of available Program Communities, visit our list here.

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