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What is the best way to approach the 'Why this college?' essay?

Hi all! I'm a junior and I know that some colleges require a 'Why this college?' essay as part of their application. What's the best way to approach this type of essay, and how can I make mine stand out? Thanks for any advice!

10 months ago

Hey there! I've been through this process with my own child, so I can share some insights on the 'Why this college?' essay. First off, make sure you do your research on the school. Find specific programs, clubs, or opportunities that the college offers that align with your interests and goals. Then, explain how you plan to engage with these opportunities and why they're important to you. Avoid general statements like 'great reputation' or 'beautiful campus' as they don't really set you apart. Instead, focus on your personal connection to the school. If you've visited the campus, attended any events, or interacted with current students, mention these experiences and explain how they've influenced your decision to apply. Remember, colleges want to see that you've thought about how you can contribute to their community and how their resources will help you grow. Lastly, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through. Show them why you'd be a great fit for their community. Good luck with your essay!

10 months ago

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