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The Requirements: 1 essay of 250 words
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why
If you’ve looked at any other supplements before this one, you have probably already seen some version of this question: why here? In almost every case, the objective is the same and twofold: (1) You need to demonstrate a solid knowledge of what the school has to offer. And (2) you should leverage that knowledge to clearly demonstrate your interest in the school. So, start by researching Mary Baldwin (and yes, you will need to do this for every Why essay), directing your attention to the departments, majors, and other opportunities that interest you. What do you want to learn? Learn about professors and notable alumni in your field—is there any research going on or awards that interest you? Pick out classes to take and clubs to join, visualizing yourself there. But remember, this essay is relatively short, so once you have at least a page of notes, try to zero in on one central idea as a foundation for your essay: Do you want to become the best biologist you can be? Or become a global citizen by taking advantage of study abroad programs and the International Affairs program? Whatever you choose, make sure your choices reveal something important about who you are and what you value.