How to write the Yale essays

Recorded Thursday, August 26 at 09:00 PM

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University is a world-renowned Ivy League school located in the quaint city of New Haven, Connecticut. It's the third-oldest higher education institute in the country and consistently ranks in the top when it comes to American colleges.

This past admissions cycle, Yale saw a spike in applicants - if you want to be one of the few in their next accepted class, you'll need to have essays that stand out from the crowd. Join Robert, a recent Yale graduate, during this stream to learn all about crafting the perfect responses to the supplemental essays.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT
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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

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14:36@lctara:Where would you look for very specific info about Yale?
17:07@bb524:What was the campaign part of Yale you were talking about where the students could share ideas?
28:20@regiiiii_____:The “community” has to be related with our career path?
29:53@Elainee:For the why Yale essay, if you went to prior Yale events (Yale MUN, Yale summer school, etc) should you mention that as a reason you want to apply for Yale or would that be too generic?
35:53@cynn.thetic:should the community question relate back to Yale?
36:42@Luyanda:Is it better to refer to something we’ve mentioned (like how you said it’s more believable if we don’t pick something not mentioned elsewhere?
38:49@lctara:Does the community need to be very specific or can it cover a number of diff. organizations under a general community eg. writing group(s).
43:45@regiiiii_____:It could be about participating in MUN?
45:12@Navina.Doss:Does the lack of research or previous interaction with Yale (other than a campus tour) disadvantage a student as compared to a student that does have research experience?
58:55@cynn.thetic:can we make the how essay an anecdote or should we zoom out of that and be introspective?
60:43@mountaineer:do i have to elaborate my answers to those short questions?
61:49@regiiiii_____:I can talk about what inspires me as a point of view of what motivates me? I am a cancer survivor and I’m looking to talk about how my resilience inspires me
63:06@Elainee:For the speaker question, does it need to be someone you're inspired by? I was thinking about inviting the CEO of Hugo Boss and question him on the morality of Boss which has links to Nazism. Would something like that be okay?
64:37@lctara:We are visiting in early Sept to Yale can you tell us what not to miss for a humanities guy (psych, philosophy- ethics)?
64:59@Luyanda:Thank you, sir
66:17@Navina.Doss:If I've covered a lot of my "ands" in my personal statement by talking about two fields I'm interested in and how I've developed those interests, should I talk about something more informal in the 35-word question about "ands?"
66:53@bb524:Does yale still have a horseback riding team?
67:31@cynn.thetic:What made you choose Yale over other colleges? How was Yale unique to you before and after you went?
68:21@Elainee:Thanks so much :) From a New Zealander (Hi from 10:16am Friday)


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