"Why Duke" Essay

<p>For my Why Duke essay, I'm debating whether or not to add a sentence about the basketball. I'm not a big sports fan or anything, and basketball isn't a sport I enjoy playing or watching. At the same time, though, I know I'll go to a game at least once in my four years, and I also feel like I would be remiss not to mention it at all.</p>

<p>Thoughts? The other thing is, if I take out the basketball sentence, I can add in a sentence about the FOCUS program.</p>

<p>Write about what you are actually passionate about :slight_smile: A sentence about a program you are interested in will go a lot farther than a disingenuous one about basketball. Besides, think about how many people are going to write about Duke basketball. Good luck!</p>

<p>Haha thank you! I ended up making my decision right after creating this thread. Out goes basketball, in goes FOCUS!</p>

<p>I’m a tour guide at Duke, and I can tell you that the number 1 thing people write about is DukeEngage. Number 2 is basketball. If it’s not important to you, then don’t write about it. FOCUS is an excellent choice because it shows you did your research about the university.</p>

<p>sm1123 and nemesis nailed it. Can you imagine how tired the application reviewers become reading about basketball (especially if conveyed without passion and/or without a tie to a compelling reason to admit)!!</p>