Chose one of the following essay topics and write a 3-page essay. Applicants should give great care to completing, proofreading, and presenting their essay. The essay must be the applicant’s own work, with minimal advice and suggestions from others. The Admissions Office may request additional writing samples or may seek to evaluate your writing ability in other ways. Please type and double-space the essay using a 12-point font.Topic #1:
Please select a passage from WCC's Philosophical Vision Statement ("Born in Wonder; Brought to Wisdom"
) that interests you, and write a 3-page essay to comment on its meaning. You should critique it (say how it is true and/or how it is false) with examples from other authors or your own experience.Topic #2:
Please read this excerpt
from the essay "Living Like Weasels," and answer the following question: does Dillard tend to be too sentimental in this narration of her encounter and, if so, what are the dangers of such sentimentality? Or is her experience of the weasel helpful in understanding a deeper meaning of human life and the natural world?
Topic #3: Imagine a conversation in which someone says, “Mathematical truths are
universal, but opinions such as ‘the Mona
Lisa is beautiful’ are not true for everyone.It’s a matter of subjective feeling, not
Write a refutation of this, taking care to concede how it might seem true and how it might be true.
Topic #4: The philosopher Blaise
Pascal proposed the following idea, now known as "Pascal's Wager": A
rational person, even if he does not believe in God, should live his life as
though God does exist, and try to believe in Him. For the reward that God promises to those who
seek Him is an infinite good, while any earthly goods that one might lose by
seeking Him can only be finite goods. No
matter how unlikely a person thinks God's existence is, then, this supposed
unlikelihood is more than outweighed by the difference between the potential
gain of an infinite good and the potential loss of a finite good, and so it is
better to believe in God and to live accordingly.
Is Pascal's Wager a
compelling reason for someone who is otherwise unconvinced of God's existence
to believe in God and to live in accordance with this belief? Why or why not?
The essay can be attached to the online application, or can be submitted in pdf form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WCC requires standardized test score reports sent from the testing companies directly to the Admissions Office; please visit collegeboard.com or www.act.org or to request scores. Our code numbers are 4748 for the SAT and 5001 for the ACT. Applicants who take the ACT must take the ACT Writing Test.
In addition to the SAT and ACT, Wyoming Catholic College is among the first schools to accept the Classical Learning Test (CLT). The CLT is tailored towards students coming out of a classical educational model and is in many ways a more accurate test of students coming into Wyoming Catholic College. For more information visit www.cltexam.com
Although WCC does not have a set minimum requirement for SAT or ACT scores, these scores are an important part of the overall evaluation. The average SAT score of our current students is 1742 combined; for the ACT it is 26. In our experience, scores above the 50% percentile in every subject area are associated with an ability to succeed academically while leaving time for enjoying the outdoor activities that are an important part of the education at WCC.
When the application has been successfully completed and the applicant has received medical clearance, the Admissions Office will contact the applicant to set up a telephone or Skype interview.