Do you think "Because I love Ithaca and Cornell and would have loved to go here for undergrad but you waitlistdinged me you f-ing assholes" is a good answer?
Who can say? Can't hurt. This was the only "Why ____?" essay I did, and it was about how much I loved my time at Cornell for grad school and all of the professional connections I've maintained there. I mean, I do a lot of consulting through/with the school and my old program flies me in every year to address the incoming graduate students at orientation.
Yeah. Cornell was my first rejection. So much for my moving essay.
I didn't write the "Why Michigan?" essay, and look where I am now. Go figure.