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The Requirements: Why, Community
Supplemental Essay Type(s): 2 essays of 300 words
Admissions wants to know how you plan on using a Georgia Tech education to accomplish your career goals. Some schools ask students why they want to attend or why they like different offerings, but Georgia Tech isn’t messing around. They’re asking you to specifically speak about academics here, so don’t waste your time researching the dining halls. Why study here? Why study this subject? And finally, why study this subject at Georgia Tech, specifically? Spend some time learning about Georgia Tech’s majors, classes, professors, resources, and alumni network. Pore over the website for the department you’re interested in and soak up information about faculty, research, guest speakers, and special opportunities for undergraduates. Jot down the details that appeal to you and by the end of your research session, you’ll have everything you need to plead your case. Connect the school’s offerings to your personal interests and goals and you will demonstrate your fit and commitment to the school. What career path do you see for yourself? Is Georgia Tech known for producing successful graduates in that department? The more details you can provide, the better.
The admissions department at Georgia Tech wants to accept students who aren’t afraid to dream big or challenge the status quo. When and how have you made a positive impact in your community? If you can’t pinpoint something you’ve done, then focus on what you hope to achieve in the future. Maybe you’re an aspiring architect who hopes to one day design carbon neutral buildings. Or perhaps you prefer to work directly with people in need, which is why you’re pursuing a career in medicine. Maybe you dream of changing the conversations surrounding mental health stigmas through art. Ultimately, the key to writing an excellent response to this prompt is in the details. Don’t just tell admissions about something you’ve done recently (or hope to do) to improve the human condition; tell them why you did it/want to do it, and maybe even share how you would like to create long-lasting solutions in the future!
Georgia Tech knows that you are a nuanced human being with many different identities. Admissions is giving you the opportunity to provide additional information about who you are, so why not take advantage? What’s important to you or about you that can’t be found in any of your other essays or application data? Maybe you’d like to write about the community you’ve found through online gaming, and the unexpected connections you made with people halfway around the world. What have you learned from the experience or from your new friends? Perhaps you’d like to write about your experience as the only person of color, queer kid, or student with disabilities in your grade. How has this shaped your identity? Remember that Georgia Tech added this question so that admissions could learn more about you, so don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and authentic in your response.