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“Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem-solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.”

Responding to UC Personal Insight Question 2 (PIQ2) can feel dizzying. Many students find themselves wondering how to distill their multifaceted creative experiences into a focused and compelling essay.

Others read this prompt and immediately think: “But I’m not creative!” Don’t worry, that’s a common reaction, and it’s also likely not true. Everyone is creative in their own ways.

Whether you’re a STEM student exploring the intricate realms of coding or a humanities enthusiast crafting eloquent poetry, remember that creativity knows no boundaries. It’s all about embracing your individuality and leveraging your unique experiences.

Now, let’s dive into these six helpful tips to tackle UC PIQ 2 on creativity and create an essay that truly stands out.

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    Focus on Your Actual Creativity, Problem Solving, Innovative Thinking: A common mistake students make is leaning too heavily on “symbols” of creativity, such as being part of a drama club or orchestra. Instead of relying on your association with a club to tell the story, focus on a dramatic scene or complicated musical piece you mastered. Beyond commonly understood artistic activities, however, you could also demonstrate your genuine creativity, problem-solving skills, and innovative thinking in real-life situations. For winning examples and a bonus general introduction to tackling the UC Personal Insight Questions, download our complete guide below. We hope it inspires fresh ideas for your UC application!

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    Focus on One Example: Avoid being too broad or generic. Pick one specific example that represents your creativity. It could be a project you worked on, an initiative you took, or an innovative solution you came up with. Download our complete guide for examples and a bonus introduction!

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    Write about the “How” or Process: Describe the path you followed to manifest your creativity. This shows your thought process and how you approach problems. Maybe you came up with a new method to study for a challenging course or devised an interesting fundraising idea for a club. How did you go about it? What steps did you take? Discuss the hurdles you encountered and how you overcame them.

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    Write about the “Why” or Larger Context: Contextualize your creativity by explaining why it was necessary and how it made a difference. Why was your innovative approach important? What prompted you to think outside the box? This will give admissions officers an insight into the motivation behind your creativity, which will give deeper insight into who you are.

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    Pull the Lens Back: Significance Beyond This Singular Instance: Although you’re focusing on one example, it’s important to show how this instance reflects your overall approach to problems. Your one-time creative solution shouldn’t be a fluke; it should be part of a broader pattern of innovative thinking. Connect this instance to other areas of your life, demonstrating how you apply creative thinking on a larger scale.

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    Make Sure Your Example Indicates Something Meaningful about You: The purpose of these essays is for admissions officers to get to know you. Make sure your chosen example doesn’t just illustrate your creativity, but also reveals significant aspects of your personality, values, or experiences. Are you a tenacious problem solver? A compassionate innovator? Ensure your essay paints a vivid and authentic picture of who you are.

Remember, there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to be creative. Your uniqueness is your strength. By embracing your version of creativity and articulating it effectively in your essay, you can leave a lasting impression on the admissions officers and make your application stand out. Good luck!

As you know, showcasing your creativity is one of the greatest ways to make your college application stand out. Admissions officers look for unique and innovative thinkers who can contribute to their campus community.

Ready to showcase your creativity?

Download our complete PDF guide, packed with fresh winning examples and comprehensive strategies for all UC Personal Insight Questions. Get inspired and ensure your application shines.

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At Blue Stars, we specialize in guiding students through the essay writing process. Our expert team will help you create an exceptional essay that reflects your unique interests, experiences, and aspirations. Contact us today to get started on your journey to crafting an impressive UC application that stands out from the crowd. Your academic passion deserves to shine – let us help you make it happen!

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About the Author: Amy Morgenstern

Dr. Amy Morgenstern, affectionately known as Dr. M, is the founder and CEO of Blue Stars Admissions Consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MFA in contemporary art. A former professor of philosophy, honors program associate director, and assistant to the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Dr. M brings a wealth of academic and multicultural experience to her practice.