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Should I write my Boston University supplement about their mascot?

torielintorielin Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited July 2018 in Boston University
The prompt is: What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?

I know that my answer needs to be unique and about me, so I was thinking of writing about the mascot (a Boston terrier) and comparing it to my dog (a Westie terrier). I want to describe how the mascot will always remind me of my dog and of home and allow me to have all the more school spirit and pride.

However, I'm not sure if writing about the mascot of the school is too "surface-level" or not meaningful enough.

Replies to: Should I write my Boston University supplement about their mascot?

  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,801 Senior Member
    It depends on what you end up saying.

    Why not write a draft and see how it goes??
  • sunflowerloversunflowerlover Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    i think that could be a really cool idea, but in my opinion i think if you started out with the connection between rhett and your dog then get more general and talk about the school as a whole it would really help!! i wrote about a great experience i had on campus then got more general about how bu just feels like home to me, and i think my being ed did help so they knew i really meant it but im a big believer that sometimes you just feel a place is right. if that's what you're feeling don't be afraid to write about it!!! best of luck :-)
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 31,908 Senior Member
    Being reminded of your dog isn't something that best shows your interest. Don't let them think there are no better reasons or are kidding because you aren't interested. Or not savvy enough to understand what they need to see. These are adcoms you're writing for.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,191 Forum Champion
    If you want to start with a sentence or two about the mascot as being something that first drew your to the school that could be cute but I suggest you dig deeper. Focus the bulk of the essay on the real reasons you find the school appealing -- which hopefully has more to do with academics and other opportunities available at the college than having a dog as a mascot.
  • sunflowerloversunflowerlover Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    @lookingforward I think torielin intended it as more of an overarching theme of connecting Rhett to home. I don't think it is literally "Rhett looks like my dog!" because westies don't resemble boston terriers whatsoever and near the end of their original post they discuss wanting to talk about connecting it to home and that giving them more pride for the school. While it definitely shouldn't be the only focus, I think that could be a great and quirky introduction to more general but passionate and authentic themes and feelings about BU.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 31,908 Senior Member
    But OP didnt mention what you read into it. And connecting to home risks questions about whether an applicant is ready to leave home. Make it relevant to the college and college experience. It's not an open topic, 150 words off the top of your head.

    Any Why Us can be a make or break. Colleges want to see your interest.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,866 Super Moderator
    The OP is long gone, so I'm closing this thread.
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