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How do you tackle the 'Why us?' essay without being cliche?

So, I’ve got a bunch of 'Why us?' essays, and honestly, they're driving me a bit nuts. I want to show genuine interest but I'm afraid my essay will sound like everyone else’s. How do you guys make your essays stand out, showing you've really done your homework on the school without just regurgitating the website?

8 months ago

Hey there! Understanding your concern, 'Why us?' essays can indeed feel daunting. But there's a strategy to tackle them effectively! A good way to make your essay stand out is to weave in your personal experiences and future aspirations with specific opportunities at the school. Start by conducting thorough research not just on their website, but also through attending virtual tours, webinars, and connecting with current students or faculty if possible. Then, reflect on your interactions, and how the school aligns uniquely with your goals. For instance, if you’ve been involved with community service and the college has a strong service-learning program, illuminate how that synergy excites you. Sharing a story about a particular moment or project, and connecting that to the program's offerings, can showcase a deeper understanding beyond the surface-level features of the college. Remember, authenticity shines brightest in these essays. Good luck!

8 months ago

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