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intellectual interest?

rosiedaisyrosiedaisy Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
edited October 2013 in Cornell University
What makes it different from just saying interest?

'intellectual' part just seems hard to understand.
BTW, I am talking about the first essay question on the supplement.

can anyone explain what this question is asking for?
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Replies to: intellectual interest?

  • koala717koala717 Registered User Posts: 751 Member
    Well, interest could mean something like ping-pong. Intellectual interest is more like a favorite subject in school, or perhaps something that you find interesting outside of school that is still somewhat intellectual, like World War II or something.
  • rosiedaisyrosiedaisy Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    thank you koala717
  • koala717koala717 Registered User Posts: 751 Member
    no prob :)
  • sparticus800sparticus800 Registered User Posts: 4,092 Senior Member
    or chess, or some kind of strategy, or music in a theoretical sense, etc...

    not baseball, or cooking, or charity work
  • ehg6ehg6 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Any fellowship, scholarship, graduate program, professional school that you apply to will require you to state, in writing, what it is you want to study and how you are going to utilize that particular institution's resources to study it.

    In this particular case, its Cornell's way of knowing whether or not you have truly thought your decision through in applying to the college, or you simply liked its ranking and decided to apply.

    To this day - I'm currently a Sophomore in Human Ecology - I'm CONVINCED that the reason I was admitted to Cornell, ahead of those with SAT scores 150 points higher than mine, was because of my answers to the two essays that you're referring to.

    I've never regretted my decision to come. Hang in there, put some thought into your essays, and stay motivated.
  • rosiedaisyrosiedaisy Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    thanks ehg6 and sparticus800
  • JohnC613JohnC613 Registered User Posts: 1,580 Senior Member
    diversity of people and the desire to understand them -- does that qualify as an intellectual interest?
  • cant_fly_in_herecant_fly_in_here Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    maybe. when i filled out my supplements, it was two essay questions. the first asked me to explain my intellectual interest. and the second asked me to explain how the school was going to fulfill that interest. you should think of it as a way to show them that the school is a good fit for you.
  • norcalguynorcalguy Registered User Posts: 7,548 Senior Member
    I agree with ehg6's interpretation.
  • odysseyodyssey Registered User Posts: 936 Member
    JohnC613, Yes, your interest is "sociology":

    " Sociology, the scientific study of human social behavior. As the study of humans in their collective aspect, sociology is concerned with all group activities: economic, social, political, and religious. Sociologists study such areas as bureaucracy, community, deviant behavior, family, public opinion, social change, social mobility, social stratification, and such specific problems as crime, divorce, child abuse, and substance addiction. Sociology tries to determine the laws governing human behavior in social contexts."
  • JohnC613JohnC613 Registered User Posts: 1,580 Senior Member
    what about my dedication to a career in medicine?
    or what about intellegence (I talk about what makes the students I tutor learn, and articificial intelligence in a calculator program I made which is unbeatable in tic-tac-toe, and different people on my math team solving the same math problem in different ways)
    can't decide which of these two to use
  • odysseyodyssey Registered User Posts: 936 Member
    Dedication to a career in medicine isn't going to be as unique as an interest in the study of intelligence. I think it is interesting that beyond your interest in math (evidenced by your being on a math team) that you have stood back and observed that the students on the team approach problem solving in different ways. Same with trying to understand how the kids you tutor learn. But the important thing is that you are satisfied with what you have written.
  • mulu89mulu89 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    hey i'm a chess player, but i'm just wondering, is chess an "intellectual interest"?
  • CayugaRed2005CayugaRed2005 Registered User Posts: 4,041 Senior Member
    Sure... just make certain that you tie the lessons of chess back to logic and strategy, more generally. Chess has a lot of applications to philosophy, political science, and math.
  • x3xkimiex3xx3xkimiex3x Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    I was wondering for intellectual interests, does have to be necessarily something you learned in school? I love working with kids and am interested in their behaviors and choices and stuff like that. But i would also like to help others by talking through problems and whatnot. How would I be able to use this. I'm having trouble forming coherent ideas to use.
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