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Any tips about "why you are going to apply for XX univ.?"

zhuziyanzhuziyan Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in College Essays
Many universities ask me to answer the specific reason why I am going to apply for that school. I have no idea about how to answer such question and how to start. I have never been to any university in the U.S. since i am an international student. And i can hardly tell the differences between schools simply according to the information provided on their websites. I have little confidence about my writing skills. Could anyone please give me some tips? Thank you!
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Replies to: Any tips about "why you are going to apply for XX univ.?"

  • stupiddorkyidiotstupiddorkyidiot Posts: 603Registered User Member
    Be super, super specific. You should not be able to recycle any part of a "why XX?" essay for another school, because they'll know! (In my opinion, this is especially true of schools in big cities - I'm sure adcoms are sick of reading the "Boston can be my classroom!" essay.) It takes time, and it's difficult, but what you need to do is research each school and find specific things that interest you. Whether it be study abroad opportunities in a certain foreign city that you like, the fact that they use the quarter system instead of semesters, the opportunity to take classes at a sister school... find something that stands out to you. There'll be something, I promise! I also looked through student life websites to find out about clubs and groups that would interest me. For example, in my answer for BU, I mentioned that I enjoy singing and could see myself joining the Treblemakers (an a cappella group at BU).

    By the way, don't worry about your writing skills. There are tons of readers here on CC who will be more than willing to proofread and help you out.
    Good luck!
  • zhuziyanzhuziyan Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you!
    I did not think of club can be a reason!
  • zhuziyanzhuziyan Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    I think this is the most difficult kind of essay for me... I am afraid I will write something boring..
  • eCoachJeneCoachJen Posts: 216Registered User Junior Member
    Here is a link to help you on your essays:

    College Application Essay

    Write from your heart and with passionate, that's usually will not be boring.

    Hope this helps. Good luck! : )
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