How do you answer this question?
This is an important essay. Don’t save it for last. Give it some time and thought.
Use specific examples to show that you understand what makes the college special and why it’s a good fit for you.
Be Specific. Details and examples matter.
Schools Want to Know
1. That you “get them.” This means that you understand what makes them different from other schools. Take into consideration academic philosophy, traditions, student life, etc.
2. Why you’re a good match for them. How will you fit in? How will you contribute? How will you take advantage of what they have to offer? Tell them why their school matters to you.
Schools Don’t Like
1. Vague answers such as “Your school really inspires me”… “I like cold weather”…“The campus is amazing”… “I can really see myself going there.” (You probably won’t.)
2. Hearing information they already know. For example: “I’m looking forward to going to OUR GREAT SCHOOL U because it has a Division I Soccer Team.”They already know that. Personalize it instead: “I’ve been following Division I soccer for years and was psyched when OUR GREAT SCHOOL U made it to the NCAA Soccer finals last December. I’ll be in the stands cheering when I get to campus next fall.”
Don’t Use the Same Essay for Different Schools
Some students use the same first one or two sentences as an introduction, but this shouldn’t be a “fill in the blank” essay where you plug in the name of a dorm or professor. The admissions committee will catch that. Remember…the more specific you can be the more successful you’ll be.
Sharon Epstein is owner of First Impressions College Consulting in Redding, Connecticut. A Writers Guild Award-winner and two-time Emmy Award nominee, Sharon lectures extensively on essay writing. Sharon teaches students how to master interview skills, write killer resumes, and transform their goals, dreams and experiences into memorable college application essays. She works with students everywhere: in-person, by phone, Skype and email. Visit her website for more info. Connect on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
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