We all have a story (many stories, in fact!) to tell. We are living one that's unfolding moment by moment, year by year.

But why are stories so vitally important? What is it about codifying our lives in terms of stories that makes our experiences so much more meaningful and more compelling?


  1. Journalist Dave Lieber makes the case in this TEDx talk about how storytelling can change the world.
  2. This guest blog makes the case for why storytelling will be the top business skill in years to come.
  3. Ever thought about what’s actually happening in your brain when you hear a story?
  4. When was the last time you listened to a great story, just for the heck of it?



  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • If you were to write the story of your life until now, what would you title it and why?
  • You are writing your autobiography. Imagine what you would say on page 54 about yourself and your experiences.
  • A good story starts with a good beginning. Get us hooked in the first 150 words.
  • Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name — any name: first, middle, last, nickname — and its origin.