Write-on Wednesdays: the 'why major' essay

Recorded Wednesday, May 19 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Admissions officers don't just want to know that you're good at what you do; they want to see that you love doing it. So, join Hale for a breakdown of the 'Why this major?' prompt type, including: what admissions officers are looking for, things to avoid, and general tips for writing. Hale will be going through the do's and don'ts and then walking through a sample essay live!

Hale will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about 'Why this major?' essays.

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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

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.
7:35@goldenretriever1:with only 100 words limit we cannot tell a story can we? does it mean we have to be super direct and to the point?
18:35@JC:Could you talk about the difference between this essay and the common app essay (the one every school will see)? Thanks
24:30@overthehorizon123:if you don't necessarily have a passion yet, how do would we convey our interest in a major?
26:15@goldenretriever1:related : how to respond to essays such as "where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 year?" cuz i have no idea what i want to do when I "grow up" :-((
41:57@bluedevil:Was this a real essay of an admitted student or a randomly written essay for Duke Engineering?
45:12@overthehorizon123:I know a lot of colleges may offer similar things to student so how would you suggest expressing why "that college" in particular without seeming ingenuine?
47:54@goldenretriever1:do supplementary essays change much yoy?
49:00@User812:Is it a good idea to start your essay with some sort of story that illustrates how you developed an interest in the academic discipline?
50:13@JC:Advice for writer’s block?
51:51@goldenretriever1:what are the new interdisciplinary majors at yale?


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