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The Requirements: 1 essay of 2 paragraphs
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why
Madeleine Albright. Hillary Clinton. Nora Ephron. These are just a few of the remarkable women who have graduated from Wellesley College. This selective and self-selecting community is only asking you to write one essay, so it had better be impeccable from form to content. Pay close attention to this prompt and take your time with the answer.
Wellesley’s hyper-specific take on the Why essay instantly directs you to the key piece of advice we always offer: do your research! Admissions has literally included the URL to the specific page they want you to pore over, so your very first (and most obvious) step should be to actually pore over it. There’s no real “trick” to this one other than just doing the work and trusting your gut, since reading through these reasons to attend Wellesley with care will demonstrate beyond words your commitment to the school. (Think: trials of Hercules.) If a reason is on the list, you can be sure it’s a good reason to be interested in the school, and all of the numbers are listed out of order, so you can throw any sense of ranking out the window. As you read through, jot down the reasons that resonate most with you and then pare down your list to the most powerful pair. Although Wellesley has asked for two separate paragraphs, consider creating a pair of reasons that go together in some way: reasons that match, balance, or contradict each other in some funny way. Perhaps the prospect of using the Whitin Observatory (#59) and cultivating lifelong friendships (#43) both have you seeing stars! Of course, it isn’t enough to simply choose your reasons and regurgitate them, you need to make an argument for why they matter to you! So, be specific. If you need to do more research about the observatory and the astronomy program, dig through the department website. If your reason relates to a personal experience, share an anecdote to bring it to life. The point is to show who you are (and who you will become) through your relationship with Wellesley.