Write-On Wednesdays: How to write the 'Why School' essay

Recorded Thursday, March 11 at 01:00 AM

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Join Hale for a breakdown of the 'Why This School' prompt type, including: what admissions officers are looking for, how to research school-specific info, and general tips for writing.

Hale will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about "Why This School" essays.

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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

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Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
4:17@MichelleP:Just making sure it hasn’t started?
8:20@MichelleP:I have. Must not be working for my phone. Thanks.
12:12@anonymous:If I am interested in a specific major/degree at that school, should I focus my essay on that?
12:15@anonymous:(continued) Or focus on the overall school in general?
18:57@anonymous:If I am from another country can I still mention how is probably way better than anything in my homecountry?
29:58@anonymous:Are all of the "Why college?" essays around 100 words?
31:00@goldenretriever1:What r the examplea of show not tell
42:49@anonymous:For the why essay, do we have to start with a hook, or can we directly get to the point?
43:54@anonymous:How do we answer, why this school when it's 650 words?
45:21@anonymous:So we should be connecting some of the good things about ourselves to the school in a specific way?
46:59@anonymous:does it make sense to highlight a summer camp attended at the school while in high school and hoe that led you to find the fitment
48:08@student_:My daughter is a sophomore now and when is the best time to start college research?
49:28@goldenretriever1:I have a question on essays in general. Is narrative supposed to be descriptive
51:55@Marilyn:How and where in the application do students let the school know if they have AP test scores that demonstrate their readiness to participate in a select program at that college?
53:39@anonymous:Do colleges like to see creative yet abstract metaphors to convey a quality about oneself? Or, should the essays be more concrete?
55:20@twohid:Would it come off negatively if I list an AP course without sending the score? Would they assume I didn't take the exam or that I failed?
56:35@goldenretriever1:Where do we see sample essays?
58:05@student_::does taking AP course at school has more/less weightage when you take same course in your community college
59:04@anonymous:What kind of leadership quality do they expect in an essay other than why we prefer a college?
60:23@anonymous:In case of transfer to a foreign county for Junior & Senior high school years after freshmen and sophomore years in a US High school, will the universities consider the numerical grades from US High school or only consider pass/fail grade?
60:54@anonymous:Why did you want to apply to Yale?


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