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Essay content - answering WHY the particular school? [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 12:08
What is your opinion on ways to address why a particular school is chosen?

Through some research I've done, I've noticed that it's common to cite specific professors, courses, and clubs and how they line up with your interests or career goals. Would you recommend this approach in general?

In my case, my honest reason for selecting the schools I have chosen is centered more on the quality of the people there (students particularly), the network, and the clout/ranking/quality of the program. These reasons are developed from my research (info sessions, class visits, conversations with students) into the school.

If I think broadly, my reasons could apply to any top tier school, but these reasons far outweigh my interest in a particular course or initiative at a particular school.

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Re: Essay content - answering WHY the particular school? [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 15:35
I would speak about your fellow students and alumni but stay away from speaking about the prestige of a university/program. The trick to answering this part of the question is to really personalize the reasons why you want to attend a particular program -- and this may mean speaking more about your fellow students than about clubs and organizations. To follow the ideas you speak about in the first paragraph sounds too formulaic and your lack of sincerity in these matters will come through.

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