Write-on Wednesdays: the 'why school' essay

Recorded Wednesday, May 12 at 10:30 PM

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What are admissions committees really asking when they ask why you want to attend their university? To find out, join Shravya for this 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.

Shravya will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about ‘Why this school?’ essays or the application process in general.

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.
43:02@siham04:How should we go about doing research for these prompts?
47:28@AdiahJ:How do we tie in our interests with our passions for college (careers), especially if at a glance they seem totally unrelated?
51:22@marci:It is not a prompt so much as a requirement, An essay from , preferably, and English or history. The paper should be writing done for an academic course, preferably an English, social studies or history course, during the last three years of secondary school, including senior year. You may send a paper, essay, research paper, or essay exam. We are interested in seeing expository writing only, not creative writing. One to two pages in length is sufficient.
51:25@marci:The graded written paper will help the admission office assess the student’s written expression in an academic setting. This will further the holistic understanding of the student’s application and help admission officers evaluate the student’s potential contributions to and ability to thrive in the University’s rigorous academic environment.
55:29@marci:Thank you. My son LOVES history. It is what he wants to study
56:57@marci:Is it free?
57:14@marci:For the why college he is researching Yale, Princeton, Cornell and looking at the history departments


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