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Honors College Optional Freshman Admission Essay Questions: 2014-2015

This essay is optional. If you choose to write an essay as part of your Honors College admission application, indicate the number of the essay question to which you are responding, and provide an essay of 250-400 words. [Words in excess of 400 will not be read, so be careful about the length of your essay.]

If you choose to write an essay to be considered with your Honors College application, your essay must be submitted at the same time as your online, .pdf, or paper application.

Please note: Honors College essay questions are separate from all OSU Undergraduate Admissions application questions. Please be sure you have completed all necessary requirements for admission to OSU.

1. In the year 2050, scientists have decided to send the first group of humans to colonize Mars. You have been appointed Chief Planning Officer (a position that, until now, did not exist) in charge of logistical tasks that must be seen to before takeoff such as personnel selection, packing, and emergency preparation. Describe your priorities and what you think your most challenging tasks in your position will be.

2. Write a creative short story, poem, or song using one of the following prompts:
·     The Day I Forgot My

·     The Saddest Shoe

·     Life After Technology

·     A Lion, a Frog, and a Mirror

3. You have the opportunity to travel to one specific place and date in time. Where and when do you go? Do you remain a passive observer, or do you attempt to make any changes to events that occur that day? What consequences do you foresee?

4. When someone says, "There are no absolutes in life," have they just made an absolute statement of the type they say does not exist?  If so, can the dilemma be resolved in some rational way?  If so, how?  If not, why not? Select only one position, indicate the arguments you anticipate against it, and logically defend against those arguments.

5. A potential cure for cancer has been discovered in a plant species on a remote island in the South Pacific. The supply is great enough that it could provide treatment for all known cancer patients indefinitely. However, the plant not only exists as an essential part of the island’s ecosystem, but it also serves as a biologically necessary food source for a group of approximately 200 indigenous people. As an administrator in the World Health Organization, you have the opportunity to send a group of professionals to the island to harvest the plants and bring them to the United States for research and distribution. What do you do?


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