As a writing coach who has been working with UC applicants on their essays for the last 8 years, it's exciting to see fresh prompts.
However, I agree with you: Even though these are shorter essays, it will be more difficult because students need to come up with 4 topics instead of two. If it helps, here's what I sent out to my followers on my popular blog, Essay Hell: Web Link Hope this helps!
Aristotle was the first philosopher to define the term thesis.
"A 'thesis' is a supposition of some eminent philosopher that conflicts with the general opinion..to take notice when any ordinary person expresses views contrary to men's usual opinions would be silly".
(written by John Raftrey) The University of California announced this week it is eliminating the two essay prompts in their current application and replacing them with eight short answer questions of which undergraduate will have to pick four and transfer students will have to pick three.
Transfer students also have to answer a specific question on how they are prepared for their major.In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in other contexts, the reverse is true.The required complexity or quality of research of a thesis or dissertation can vary by country, university, or program, and the required minimum study period may thus vary significantly in duration.• Students will now feel compelled to write 1400 words compared to the 1000 words maximum of the old prompts • Student should not try to figure out which are the four “best” prompts.• In an era when colleges are looking to make it easier to apply to college, the UC’s just made it harder.The new prompts allow for a 350-word limit on each of the four prompts.My thoughts: • I’m glad they got rid of the poorly worded prompts they had been using.One of the pluses is that the questions should take some of the mystery out of what the admission office "wants." The questions are straightforward, which makes it easier to come up with direct answers.The need for an artful personal essay, a form not taught in most high schools, is reduced.If your kid can't write 4 interesting, short essays on their own in 9 months, they shouldn't be going to college.As a writer who helps college-bould students with their essays, I can see pluses and minuses to the new UC prompts.