I am working on the Common Application right now. What is the best way to organize my ideas for the question about my own ideas for my Plan Process. — Asked by uvcube

Sticky notes, lot and lots of sticky notes. But seriously, everyone thinks and organizes their ideas in different ways, especially when dealing with a subject like the Plan Process. The best advice I can give is to ask “why?” about everything you write. For example: I want to study the presentation of history. Why? Because the presentation (especially in museums) is very passive. Why? Because the non-specialist audience has no way to relate or converse with the expert. Why? STOP ASKING THAT.

This is actually what happened during a meeting between me and my adviser when I was in the process of writing my Plan and it really, really helped. It was awful and painful and really annoying but after, I had a much clearer idea not only of what I am studying but why I am studying it. 

Don’t know if this helps at all, but that’s how I would go about it. 

Arden J. ‘16

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