I'm filling out my app for St. John's and this is the first thing on the second page. It asks you to briefly explain why you wish to attend. It gives you a paragraph worth of space. Should I just suck up to the school in this paragraph and only talk about how great I think the school is? Or can I just say that I want to go there because I love Queens and New York City, I lived there before and going to St. John's would give me a reason to go back. I do think their school is great, but that isn't my primary reason for wanting to go there, I love the environment of New York City. Do they just want compliments about their school in this paragraph?