How to write the academic interest essay with Yesh

Recorded Wednesday, November 3 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


The academic interest essay is one of the most common supplemental essays you’ll come across in the admissions process. This prompt is the one where the Admissions Committee seeks to learn more about your intellectual passions, deciphering what areas of academia most fascinate you and why.

Join Yesh as he helps you figure out how to explain why you chose the intended major that you did in a way that will appeal to admissions officers. He’ll be covering a sample essay and using it to provide his expert advice on how to tackle this type of prompt.

Once the presentation is complete, Yesh will open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about academic interest-themed essays.

Your host

Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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 Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:15@undecideD.:Yesh can I leave this call and come back from 5:05-5:10?
2:20@Rachelle:Yes, I can here and see you Can we here other people
2:39@summerorbanwrites:Hi Yesh!
3:14@Rachelle:Okay, thanks!
5:13@undecideD.:I'm new just btw.
5:45@undecideD.:Thank you
7:37@Herin:What if you want to go undecided ?
14:50@Bretton:do academic interest essays tend to be more tell versus show style - simply because of the topic?
16:18@Bretton:how do you show when calling out a professor or research specifics?
17:51@Bretton:will do thanks
17:58@summerorbanwrites:Should you write the optional Harvard intellectual life supplemental essay if you're not interested in a STEM-related concentration or haven't won any big awards arts or humanities-related?
21:04@undecideD.:I meant Academic intrests and I can't afford the essay part.
21:35@UCfanatic:Hi! Can you please go over the UC system essays?
22:43@undecideD.:To write an essay you need to pay for them.
24:57@Herin:Pls send the resources !
25:00@UCfanatic:thank you
40:43@UCfanatic:Where do I submit the essay to you ahead of time?Thanks
40:44@Coco20:how do we submit them
43:17@UCfanatic:I use words like multisensory, do I have to describe all senses? How do you know when to describe certain words. similar to the example you used about interdisciplinary
47:46@Bretton:When we write our academic interest essay, can we expect the reader to have just read our 650 general common app essay? Do they read essays back to back? Since we can substitute a customized common app essay to be school-specific how can we coordinate the two essays? Example-making sure we don't repeat sentences but keep the same theme, plan of study, and career choice.
51:25@Bretton:Do you like to add school specifics in the general 650 word common app?
53:21@undecideD.:are the essays timed?
55:41@Coco20:If you have a tell me about yourself essay, how do u narrow it down because of how broad it is and should you relate it to your major
55:59@UCfanatic:Thank you. You are doing a great job!
56:03@Bretton:good point
57:36@Nidhyati:Thank you!


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