Write-On Wednesdays: The 'Why Major?' essay

Recorded Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Shravya for a breakdown of the 'Why This Major' prompt type, including: what admissions officers are looking for, how to research school-specific info, and general tips for writing. Shravya will be going through the do's and don'ts and then walking through a sample essay live!

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

Your host

Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

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 Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
43:00@Payita:what if we have done very little on the major?
44:19@sidney:What do you think if I connect a very unique experience and why it connects with my intended major?
46:45@anonymous:If I am interested in law, how can I show colleges that I am interested in this major?
49:19@Payita:For example, I only have CS as an IB HL, but have done little (except Coursera courses), but have done other work in other areas, am I in disadvantage with students that have more coding experience or can I be sincere in the Why Major?
51:20@sidney:What if I have two different passions, should I write my essay especifically about one of them, which is my major, or should I connect both of them with my major?
53:21@sidney:How can I show colleges that I'm interested in economics?
54:08@sidney:I'm very interested in environmental protection and business, how can I show colleges I'm interested in economics?
54:49@Payita:Maybe you are trying to understand your country's economy or hyperinflation?
58:05@sidney:What was your first impression when u came here in Brazil? lol
60:23@Payita:is it possible to have a stream on what to do when waitlists?


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