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今年,Common App在文书部分添加了205词的文书,允许学生描述新冠疫情对他们的生活产生的影响。这是Common App的官方网站描述:

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.评分标准和政策Grading scales and policies
2.硕士生录取要求Graduation requirements
3.指导方法Instructional methods
4.课程安排和课程规划Schedules and course offerings
5.考试要求Testing requirements
6.校历Your academic calendar






1. 临床活动(临床服务;照顾家人)
描述:clinical services; patient care during COVID-19 pandemic

2. 研究活动(参与和疫情有关的研究活动)
描述:status of research and research-related output during COVID-19 pandemic

3. 教学活动(疫情期间支教)
描述:teaching and preparation for teaching during COVID-19 pandemic

4. 大学/公共服务(在疫情期间做志愿者)
描述:service related to COVID-19 pandemic efforts

5. 创造性的活动(如,发布博文引起社会关注、创建个人平台)
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面临的挑战+对我产生的影响
b) What I Did about It 我做了什么
c) What I Learned 我从中学习了什么

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. (在家办公,互联网无法升级,网速有限的情况下很难提交作业和集中注意力)

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.(为了解决课业问题,和家人沟通上网时间、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)(认识到了组织规划和沟通的重要性)

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.(对餐饮行业的影响,写作隔离期间的外卖点评,鼓励大家帮助社区里的经济)

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!(在家里做运动)

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)(和朋友线上游戏,上网课)



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)(隔离带来的家庭关系危机,以及沟通如何让大家变得更加紧密)

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,体现出少量部分的创造性,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.


个性与激情(identity and passions):你的一部分背景、个性、才能十分有意义,你的申请如果没有这一部分,就会失去竞争力。如果你是这样的人,请分享你的故事。

克服挑战、困境和失败(Overcomingchallenges, setbacks, and failures):我们从挫折中学到的经验,能够成为日后的成功的基石。回忆你面临挑战、挫折与失败的时刻,你从中学到了什么?

批判性地思考(Thinking critically):回忆起一个你对某个信念产生质疑的时刻。你为什么会产生这样的思考,结果如何?

解决问题(Solving problems):描述你解决过的一个问题,或者是你想要解决的问题。这可以是一次智力的挑战、一次研究、一次道德困境。解释它对你的重要性。

个人成长(Personal growth):讨论一次成就、活动或者自我实现,以及它们如何帮助你实现个人成长,并对自己和他人产生新的理解。

灵感与好奇(Inspiration and curiosity):描述一个十分吸引你的话题、观点、概念,吸引到你的是什么?