ADVICE AND TIPS: Common App Transfer Essay

<p>Looking to transfer as a junior for Fall 2011. Could you give me some tips on how to ace the CommonApp essay for transfer applicants? Since I'm going to be sending it to more than one school, I find this prompt a challenge. I don't want to make it seem like I'm bashing on my current university either.</p>

<p>Here's a pertinent recent thread:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/transfer-students/937950-transfer-common-app.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/transfer-students/937950-transfer-common-app.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Use the Search function for 'essay' and you will find many more.</p>

<p>So there's essentially two parts to the essay on the CommonApp. Why do you want to transfer, what will you accomplish at your new institution.
For the first part, I basically wanted to say I need to be around smarter people, in the essay, I wrote it as "...my growth is curbed by a critical building block, a lack of significant intellectual growth opportunities." I went on to talk about my EC's, which were definitely the strong point of my app, and how I would not only continue them at [schoolname], but use their resources accomplish them on whole new level.</p>

<p>Also, make sure you dont bash your university :)</p>

<p>I found the common application question to be too generic in nature. It is a challenge because it seems like everyone will write almost exactly the same things. </p>

<p>I wrote an allegorical fairy tale. </p>

<p>My suggestion is to think outside of the box. It's difficult to address the question creatively, but it can be done, and if you do it and do it well, your essay will stand out.</p>