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The Requirements: 2 essays of 250 words each
There are over 5,000 colleges in the United States, and you’re choosing to apply to Lynn University. Why? The more you can do to differentiate your response from those of other applicants, the better–and that means details. Are there clubs that you could see yourself joining? Do you know what you want to major in? If not, why does Lynn’s curriculum appeal to you? Don’t be shy when it comes to naming specific professors or course offerings–admissions wants to know that you’ve done your homework. Next, move on to explain why you two are a match made in university heaven. Maybe you’re from Wisconsin and long for a warmer climate; or perhaps you’re a local who wants to stay nearby for abuela’s hallacas (which you’re more than happy to share with new friends on campus). Whatever your reasons for choosing Lynn, make sure that they know you’ve thought this through and that you think what they have to offer is the perfect stepping stone to your future.
In responding to this prompt, your job is to tell admissions something they don’t already know about you. Remember, they’ve already read through your ten activity descriptions, personal statement, and activity resume (if you submitted one). So, when you pick your activity or work experience, make sure it doesn’t appear in other essays you’ve written. Maybe you mentioned being class president in your activity descriptions, but want to take this opportunity to tell admissions about your Leslie Knope-themed campaign (and all the things you accomplished for your peers during your time as president). Perhaps your favorite activity is playing Mahjong with your grandma on the weekends, and you love the opportunity to learn more about her past and your extended family members in China. Choose an activity that matters to you and through which you have grown in tangible ways (getting promoted, nominated as captain, or elected as treasurer) or intangible ways (learning the value of listening, mindfulness, or empathy). Pull your reader into the story using sensory details and other tricks, and your essay will be sure to shine.