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Writing a 'Why Emory' essay – How to make it impressive?

I'm currently working on my Emory application and want some advice for the 'Why Emory' essay. What should I focus on in my response? How can I make sure it sounds unique and authentic? Any input or advice would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

6 months ago

First, take note that Emory's "Why School" essay is a little different since it also touches upon the major you are interested in. To make your essay impressive, you need to communicate both your passion for your chosen major and your passion for attending Emory. Try these steps to create a unique and authentic essay:

1. Research: Spend some time researching Emory University's academic programs, extracurricular activities, special programs/departments, research opportunities, and professors that relate to your intended major. Be thorough and look for elements that genuinely appeal to you and align with your goals and interests. Take notes to reference when writing your essay.

2. Be specific: Avoid generic statements that could apply to any university, such as "Emory offers a psychology major," or "Emory has strong research opportunities." Instead, mention the specific things you researched in step 1 that you're genuinely excited about. Clearly demonstrate that you’ve done your homework and that you have a strong interest in Emory.

3. Connect your interests and goals: Explain how Emory's particular offerings will help you achieve your academic and personal goals. For example, if you're interested in studying public health, you could mention Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and how you’re excited about the opportunities for internships at the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Show that attending Emory is essential for you to reach your full potential.

4. Share a personal anecdote: To add authenticity and personality to your essay, include a brief story or experience that demonstrates your passion for the field of study you've chosen. Many students like to incorporate their anecdote in their introduction, but you can also weave it throughout the essay to give it a more cohesive feel.

Overall, my best advice is to be thoughtful, genuine, and specific in your response to stand out and make a lasting impression on the admissions committee. Good luck!

6 months ago

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