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The Requirements: 1 essay of 650 words
Pitzer wants to make sure you are psyched for the full college experience at their school. So, we’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: DO. YOUR. RESEARCH. Locate specific opportunities within your department and related programs and clubs that really make your heart sing with excitement. And then connect those offerings to your hopes for a successful college experience (however you may define it). Talk about your academic and professional goals and how Pitzer will help you achieve them. What unexpected classes might you want to take to stoke your curiosity? Don’t forget to connect your past/present to your future. What experience do you have already that you can build on? What about the Pitzer experience will enrich your life overall?
If you choose to respond to this prompt, odds are you have something to say about social responsibility (what do we owe to our fellow humans?), intercultural understanding (how do we form connections and appreciation across cultures?), interdisciplinary learning (much like yoga, it’s all related, isn’t it?), student engagement (how can we help each other to grow, expand, and deepen our knowledge?), or environmental sustainability (Mars is cold, y’all!). Hone in on the Pitzer value that resonates the most with you and share the steps you have taken to connect, address, or engage with it over the past four years.
What particular cause or community means a great deal to you? What change do you hope to see in the world? What problems would you like to see fixed? Remember that, fundamentally, activism is not about personal glory or achievement. Once you hone in on the cause you would like to work on (and why), describe to admissions how you would like to contribute. Would you volunteer on campus to encourage the administration to implement greener campus policies? Would you bring your therapy dog to the local hospital to share joy with others? Finally, reflect on how you have already advocated on behalf of the cause most meaningful to you. Have you been fundraising for girls’ education in developing countries? Did you start a coat drive in your town for people experiencing homelessness? Show admissions that you are the kind of person to take action.