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How to approach the 'Why this college?' essay?

Hey all, I'm working on my college essays and struggling with the 'Why this college?' prompt. I'm not sure how specific I should be or how to make my essay stand out from others. Any advice or tips on writing this type of essay? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hello! I've been through the process with my own child, so I understand how daunting the 'Why this college?' essay can be. The key is to be specific and genuine. Research the college and find aspects that align with your interests and goals. This can include academic programs, extracurriculars, internships, or even campus culture. Instead of just listing these features, explain how you plan to take advantage of them and how they'll help you grow as a student and individual. Personal anecdotes can also help your essay stand out. For example, if you had a great experience during a campus visit, you can mention that and tie it back to your overall impression of the college. Finally, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through. Colleges want to see that you're a good fit for their community, and your essay should reflect that. Good luck with your essays!

10 months ago

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