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Can I write my common app essay about photography if I want to major in biology?
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Hello! After weeks of trying to figure out what my topic would be about, I finally decided on something that changed my life and allowed me to experience it differently. This was photography and I really want to write my common application essay on it. However, I want to pursue a career in the medical field meaning I will have to major in biology. Will an essay about photography lessen my chances of getting into a college such as Johns Hopkins?

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Personally as long as you can make a meaningful connection there is no problem! Colleges don’t really make a connection between your essay topic and major UNLESS your topic is “what is your life’s passion” or something where answering Photography will confuse the admissions officers on why you want to study Bio. I think as long as you use the essay as an opportunity to showcase who you are as a a person and let the officer see a little window into your life, you’ll be ok.

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Of course you can :) It will make you stand out from the crowd and showcase your other interests. I say go for it!

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Yes especially as it is unique just say make sure to include your personality not just anecdotes. Also you may want to say photography taught me x I’ll use x in Medford by doing y

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hey,although having ONE of your essays about the medical field or medical correlated cativities would be great and will show your commitment to being a med student even before uni.however talking about your passion will help the admission officer to get to know you and see if you're compatible with thw school's philosophy .you don't really have to worry about it especially if you have activities related to the med field such as medical internships ,research opportunities, shadowing a doctor or volunteering at your local hospital.

btw i would like to apply to jhu too :)

good luck with your essays and don't forget to put some extra effort in your supplemental essay.