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What's the best way to approach the 'Why Us?' college essay prompt?

Hi! I'm a junior, and I've seen that many colleges have a 'Why Us?' essay prompt. I'm not sure how to approach this question without sounding generic or like I'm just listing facts from their website. Any tips on how to write a compelling and unique response to this prompt? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! I can understand why the 'Why Us?' essay prompt might seem a bit daunting at first, but don't worry – I think I can offer some helpful advice based on my own experience helping my child with their college applications. First and foremost, it's crucial to be genuine in your response. This means reflecting on why you're genuinely interested in attending the college in question and what aspects of the school truly resonate with you. Avoid simply listing facts from the college's website, as you mentioned. Instead, try to focus on your personal connection to the school. Maybe you've visited the campus and loved the atmosphere, or perhaps you've spoken to current students or alumni who have inspired you. Think about specific programs, clubs, or other opportunities that you're excited about and explain how they align with your goals and interests. Additionally, consider discussing the school's values or mission statement and how they align with your own values. This will help demonstrate that you're a good fit for the college's community. Lastly, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through in your essay. Admissions officers want to get to know you as an individual, so let your unique voice come through in your writing. I hope this advice helps, and I wish you the best of luck with your college applications! You've got this!

9 months ago

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