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The short answer is this: it’s okay to discuss religion in your essay as long as the take-away (or values) promoted in the essay are universal.
Here’s what I mean: In the past, I’ve had students write essay drafts that end with something like, “Since accepting Christ (or) learning to meditate (or) converting to Judaism, I’ve made it my goal to tell others about the difference that Christ/meditation/Judaism can make in their lives.” I call this the “missionary” essay.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University, received an MFA from UC Irvine, and received two counseling certifications, one from UC Irvine and another from the Interchange Counseling Institute.
He’s also a certified Myers-Briggs® specialist and his type (ENFJ) will tell you that he will show up on time, he’ll be excited to meet you, and, more than anything, he’s committed to–and an expert in–helping you realize your potential.
Step 2: Make sure the values you’re discussing are non-obvious and specific. Examples: “Playing in the band at church helped me learn the value of working with others” (seen it!
) (or) “Volunteering at our mosque helped me develop myself personally” (super vague–say how! Step 3: Get feedback from someone who does not share your religious belief.
So I've compiled some great college essay examples from a variety of student experiences as well as tons of supplemental essay and personal statement topics, like the UChicago short answer questions, the "Why This College" essay.
They covered the precious mahogany coffin with a brown amalgam of rocks, decomposed organisms, and weeds.