How to write the why major essay

Recorded Friday, October 22 at 12:00 AM

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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 Robert 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. He will be going through the do's and don'ts and then walking through a sample essay live!

Robert 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

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.

Audience questions

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1:19@JS1234:Yes, can see and hear
18:39@Robert00:So if applying to a school ranked in the top 10 engineering programs, we should not mention that ?`
19:53@saruhhh:Do you need to treat this question as "why this major at this school?" if that school also has a "why this school?" essay?
21:15@Aaks:So I cannot use professors name in the eassay?
21:24@Aaks:Can you explain ‘dont name drop’ please? Can I not use professors name?
24:05@SDulay:by deeper as in school environment, club offerings, resources available, specific profs who relate to your area of interest?
34:39@Aaks:Can we refer a quote from a movie to start an essay?
42:52@Aaks: Without adding few ‘glorifying’ lines about the college, can we really answer why duke type of prompts?
56:01@emilycon:If I am applying to a major that I will later choose a concentration in (general business- later concentration in international business), is it okay to focus on the concentration I intend to go into (intl business) a bit more than the general major I will go into to start (gen business)?
57:35@Aaks:Is there anything we ‘must not’ do in why major and why this college essay?
60:56@Felicitas:im doing my yale why major essay and I chose biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental) with art. I wanted to talk about my STEM program where I visited a medical school and we studied cadavers. I would like to connect it with my love of medicine (biology) and art. and also talk about a professor for the Yale school of Medicine who discover how art makes a difference in the lives of medical students. Would this be good enough?
64:29@Thalia:This was very informative, thank you.
64:32@Aaks:Did you had your essays reviewed by a professional college consulting service? Is it worth paying big $$ for these service?
66:31@pisces:Hi, I know you talked about this earlier, but I didn't get it fully. So, in essence, when writing the major essay, it's okay to use the school to add to/end your essay about your journey (of your chosen major)? And you don't want to gush?
71:40@Aaks:I am interested in Finance program and applying for Wharton ? Any pointers on do’s and don’s please?
72:48@SDulay:I plan to connect my essay to the following: grandpa shared his love of learning with me and constantly introduced me to mathematical concepts when I was young. --> my steps towards creating a community tutoring service to teach students mathematics. --> becoming a mathematics instructor at an internationally known math learning centre. --> truly finding my passion at an unpaid internship at a federal charity in the data science field using mathematics and programming and connecting all those points to my area of interest and so on. It is a pretty rough idea but, any thoughts?
76:49@pisces:Yep, that answer really helpful, thank you!!
77:08@SDulay:thank you so much!!!
77:40@Aaks:Thank you very much. Loved the session
78:26@Felicitas:Thank you so much <3333
79:03@pisces:<3 <3


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