« on: September 10, 2007, 10:29:52 PM »
On the Why (Insert School Here)? essays, I know that they are good for borderline applicants and I plan on writing them, but as I sit down to write them, it just seems like I don't know nearly enough to write a compelling essay. Is the point of these essays mostly to determine level of interest and not necessarily to read something novel? I've read a lot about Michigan from their website, but I don't want to write just another stock essay about how I'm impressed with the breadth of their class selection or how cool their quad is.
I only wrote two of these, for NW and Penn. Penn I spent a lot of time on and had something to say (namely, I'm from Philly and love it very much). But NW I wrote in 45 minutes from looking at the website. I really think this is to help their yield by weeding out people who really have no interest or connection to the school and hence no reason to go there. Just write something. Try and find something special, specific, and plausible, but otherwise just work off of the website.
Great. Thanks for the help.