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Does the main essay need to be related to major one is pursuing? What if it is not, does that not look favorable.

In supplemental essays is where I am planning to explain about my major and why I am pursuing it.

Is it ok for main essay to be not related to your major?

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the general rule is to not write about something they would already know. The common app asks what majors your interested in per school. Unless you plan to use this prompt

6.Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

and the topic is what you want to major in or that field of study. The essay is a place for them to see what you are like as a person aside from academics. Unless you can write about what said major demonstrates about your character and values without directly stating it I would write about something else. Schools don't expect you to know what you want to major in since most end up switching majors anyway.

As for supplemental essays the ones I've started are usually either about why you like the school or how you would embody their school motto. If it does ask about what you want to study then of course write that but if not I wouldn't write an essay about it. This is only my opinion but to me it seems like a missed opportunity. Through your elective classes and EC's they will probably see what field of study interests you.

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From my understanding. the main essay does not need to be related to the major one is pursuing. I feel like it is preferred that the main essay not be related, but I could be wrong.

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