December 2010 Newsletter
In our last newsletter we told you about all the wacky supplemental essay questions that appear on this year’s applications. They’re questions that can either be viewed as “no-way-am-I-applying-to-this-college” or “this-is-going-to-be-a-fun-one-to-write.”
So now that you’re finally finished writing these essays, you see that there’s yet another one – it’s the “Why-I-Want-to-Go-to-Whichever-College-that-I’m-Applying Essay”. This one takes not only time and ingenuity, but it also takes some careful study and research. Here you need to focus on your interests and aspirations, but you also need to specifically address why the college to which you’re applying is a great match for you. Most importantly, this essay has to be realistic, plausible, and convincing!
Here are the Why Essays for the Ivies:
- Please tell us more about your interest in Brown: Why does Brown appeal to you as a college option? Who or what has influenced your decision to apply? [Brown]
- Considering both the specific undergraduate school or program to which you are applying and the broader University of Pennsylvania community, what academic, research, and/or extracurricular paths do you see yourself exploring at Penn? [University of Pennsylvania]
- Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why. [Columbia University]
- What in particular about Yale has influenced your decision to apply? [Yale University]
- Please respond to the essay question below (maximum of 500 words) that corresponds to the undergraduate college(s) to which you are applying. If you are utilizing the primary / alternate admission option, you must complete an essay for both colleges; please complete the essays that correspond to your primary and alternate choice. [Cornell University]
Read more about how to write The-Why-I-Want-to-Go-to-Whichever-College-that-I’m-Applying Essay on one of our previous newsletters.
Attention Seniors: Before clicking submit on your applications, make sure that you don’t go over the character or word count when you insert an essay or a short answer into a box on the Common Application, Supplement, or on any other online application for that matter. If you do, your essay or answer will be truncated. Read our October 15th Blog on Truncated Essays.