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Northwestern Statement Essay

yarny14yarny14 0 replies2 threads New Member
Any thoughts before I submit tonight?

Northwestern Statement: What are the unique qualities of Northwestern - and of the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying - that make you want to attend the University? In what ways do you hope to take advantage of the qualities you have identified? (300 word maximum)

Given a cursory overview of the Northwestern website, one could glean that the appealing unique qualities of the university lie within the school’s close proximity to the bustling city of Chicago, or its history of tradition, most notably The Rock. While these qualities are indeed appealing and a part of why I want to attend Northwestern, what appeals to me the most is the overall cultural diversity the school offers. Living in a community where over 95% of the population is white and attending a high school where over 85% of the student body is white, cultural diversity is something that I am sorely lacking and in desperate need of. Northwestern’s commitment to “identifying and implementing ways to create and support a diverse and inclusive campus community” is something I feel as though I can take advantage of. By contributing to the campus with my own unique heritage while fostering an appreciation for the heritage of others, I will be exposed to a myriad of other cultures, which I wholeheartedly believe is the first and foremost step in broadening one’s horizons and becoming an informed and aware citizen of the world.
The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’ most obvious uniquely appealing quality would be the school’s robust arts and sciences curriculum and the myriad of majors and minors to choose from. While this is also a part of why I would like to attend Northwestern, Weinberg’s attention to the first-year student experience is what truly makes me believe I will feel supported and welcome to Northwestern. And with this initial boost of confidence, I plan to take advantage of the fact that three-quarters of undergraduate classes at Northwestern have fewer than 20 students by forming relationships with professors who care about my academic and personal growth.
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  • HeisenbergykHeisenbergyk 258 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited December 2014
    Not bad, certain parts feels slightly generic when your describing cultural diversity, but overall I like your ending about how you think specific class features of NU's freshman classes will help you. Also the mentioning of the Rock is kind of random and you don't elaborate on it, but I guess it shows you know some random facts about NU's history without taking up too much space in your essay, showing you've done research. If you could making a more personal connection besides the connection to your high school's cultural composition to the diversity part, and real something more specific about you to the reader (relate to some experience you've specifically had, something to make it unique to you and not a description of a feature of NU), I think that might help get rid of any question of generic writing a reader might have when reviewing this. Good job, and good luck!
    edited December 2014
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  • Matt846Matt846 519 replies28 threads Member
    For future reference, never just post your essay. There's a lot of people out there who will gladly steal an essay, particularly one like yours as there are many bits that could apply to almost any applicant.
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  • CHD2013CHD2013 2355 replies173 threads Senior Member
    If you replaced "Northwestern" with any other selective school, this essay would still make sense. Therefore, it could be improved by making it more specific to THIS school.
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