The Ultimate Guide to Passion Projects

Monday, August 07, 2023

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If you are planning to apply to highly selective universities, you might have heard of passions projects. In this blog post I will dive into the world of passion projects and how it affects your chances of getting admitted to your dream school.

So, what exactly is a "passion project"?


A passion project is your chance to show initiative and lead an independent initiative related to your interest.

Here's the beauty of a passion project: it's unburdened by the constraints of your academic curriculum. This is your chance to unleash your creativity, to explore uncharted territories, and to pioneer something that has never been done before.

Whether you're authoring your own book or founding a non-profit to teach coding to underserved communities, your passion project speaks volumes about who you are and what you stand for. It's a testament to your willingness to push boundaries, your ability to rally others, and your commitment to shaping a better future.

Embark on Your Passion Project Journey

So, how do you kick-start your passion project? It's simpler than you think! First and foremost, choose a topic that resonates with you and look for problems or ways in which things could be done better. Whether it's environmental conservation, youth empowerment, or medical research – the possibilities are as endless as the universe itself.

Next, dive deep into research. Immerse yourself in your chosen subject and identify the gaps that your project can fill.

Crafting Your Passion Project: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dream Big: Set a clear, audacious goal for your project. What change do you want to bring about? How will it impact your community, your country, or even the world?

Planning and Research: Dive into research mode. Gather information, identify resources, and connect with mentors who can help you on your journey.

Execution: Roll up your sleeves and start building! This is where your perseverance truly shines. Whether it's coding an app, creating art installations, or organizing workshops, let your project take flight.

Just remember that your passion project is not just about impressing an admissions committee. As Simon Sinek says "working hard for something that you don't care is called stress, but working hard for something that you deeply care about is called passion"... so make sure that what you are working on is something meaningful to you regardless of the result of your admissions process.

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