So now as the next round of apps begins, I've started reviewing a few essays for friends and I've noticed a common theme in a few essays and it's lack of SPECIFICITY!
For example, instead of saying:
"I am excited to join one of the many student treks"
That statement is really generic and not memorable...try saying:
"I am excited to join the Asia Club's Japan Trek because I am interested in Asian markets and would love to work on my Japanese language skills"
That statement tells me several things. It shows me that you have done your research, it tells me another interesting thing about you and it tells me that you have global interests.
If you know you love a school, it should be easy to come up with reasons why you want to go, that detailed and relevant to your life goals. You want the committee/AO's reviewing your essays to not question your desire to go there. Also, if you find yourself just not interested in anything the school has, or you aren't excited to write about it...maybe that particular school isn't for you.
One thing that is really helpful is to dive deep into the school's website and your notes from conversations with students/alums. These activities will help you decipher what qualities are important to the school. Is it collaboration? is it academics? is it culture? Once you figure that out, determining what specifics you would like to highlight should become clear.
Good Luck with essay writing!!
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