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How to approach 'Why I Chose an HBCU' essay?

I've got this essay to write about why I'm choosing an HBCU, and I'm stuck. I have my personal reasons but I'm not sure how to put it into words that would resonate with admissions. Any tips on how to structure this essay or important points I should highlight?

7 months ago

Hi there! It's wonderful that you're opting to write about your choice of a HBCU. The key here is to be authentic and reflective. Start by jotting down your personal reasons – is it the culture, community, the historical significance, or specific programs that appeal to you?

Once you have these, build a narrative that connects your interests and goals with what the HBCU offers. Instead of generic statements, make it personal by sharing anecdotes or experiences that demonstrate why this environment is right for you.

For structure, consider the classic 'hook, line, and sinker'. Begin with a compelling hook, a personal anecdote or a vivid picture of what draws you to HBCUs. Then, provide the line – connect that narrative to your academic and professional goals, demonstrating how a HBCU aligns with your values and aspirations. Finally, end with the sinker, a strong conclusion that reaffirms your commitment and what you hope to contribute to the HBCU community.

Above all, your genuine voice should shine through, so use your natural writing style and lean into the aspects that make your choice deeply meaningful to you. Good luck!

7 months ago

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