As you prepare to apply to Lawrence—whether it’s interviewing with a member of our admission team or composing your application essay—you have a story to tell, both about what you have done, and what you think you want to do.

One of the best ways you can make your story come to life is by including details…
…which is something that doesn’t always come naturally for students when they’re talking about themselves.

It’s easy to say, “I’m a creative person,” or “I love to solve puzzles.”
It’s more difficult to prove it.

The challenge when you’re in the college search is not just to prove that you’re a creative person or an avid puzzle-solver, but to do so in a way that helps someone see and feel what you see and feel when you are at your creative or puzzle-solving or whatever best.

That’s where your use of details can make a big difference. What do we mean by details? Think about the 5W’s and the H of storytelling:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
  • How

If you think about your story from these 6 vantage points, you will be well on your way to telling a detail-rich story.
And there is a powerful way to cast your nets to capture some of those details. It’s adapted from a method that cartoonist, author and teacher Lynda Barry shared with the Lawrence community at a convocation on campus back in 2013.

The clip below is a guided exercise to help you think through how to capture details effectively so you can become an even better storyteller.