What immediately strikes the reader about this set-before even reading it-is the balance between the essays. Each answer contains only one paragraph, each of approximately equal length. The solid structure of each essay and the focus of each reflects this outward balance. Each one focuses on a completely different area of its writerâs life, another striking detail. The first focuses on his career goals, the second on his interest in history, the third on his interest in the visual arts, and the fourth on wrestling. This is a perfect example of the jigsaw puzzle approach. When put together, you have a well-rounded individual with passion, depth, and involvement in many different areas.
To prepare to reach these goals, I have already completed two summer internships at a pharmaceutical company, where I worked on new treatments for NTDs. And my next step is to obtain my Ph.D. in organic chemistry.
“I interned with Alta Genetics, which is a dairy, reproductive consulting company. The application and interview process was intense, with seven of us being selected for positions out of 150 students that applied. I worked and traveled around Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin where I learned reproductive techniques such as breeding and ultrasounding cows. I also had the opportunity to attend both sales and genetics training to further my knowledge of the art of sales as well as picking bulls, matework and consulting to farm managers to assist them in reaching their goals. During the summer, Alta held its annual showcase event in which the company invites dairy farmers from across the world to a certain location in the U.S. to tour elite and advanced dairy farms and share ideas. I was able to attend and assist with setting up the farm tours and met farmers from 31 countries. It was truly an amazing opportunity and lent me skills that will help me pursue a future with dairy cows!”
The Consumer Economics major at the University of Georgia prepares students to understand how consumers make choices in an ever-changing economy. The role of information is a central theme. Students learn how fraud and deception, products of varying quality, and inadequate information affect consumer decisions; students also prepare to manage resources from the household to corporate level, with emphasis on analysis of consumer issues and related policy questions. Independent courses of study to best suit future career goals and interests are available.
''The first time I came to UGA was during my high school sophomore year for the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. I fell in love with the beautiful campus and all the activities that were available to students. When I looked into the biological engineering program, I realized that it was a perfect match. One of my biggest achievements has been working in professor William Kisaalita’s cellular bioengineering laboratory. I have gained valuable skills that have prepared me for my career goals in medical school as well as made me a more complex and critical thinker.''
I didn’t meet anyone in the industry while I was growing up, and that was a disadvantage for me. So, when I achieve my goals, I hope to be the role model I never had, encouraging someone to have the confidence to follow his or her dreams.
These three well-written essays create a strong set. The first and the last would have been impressive on their own. Reading them all together magnifies their impact considerably. This student does an especially good job of targeting the school. This student focuses his first essay on his extracurriculars and relates them to why Duke would be perfect for him. He focuses the third on his Chinese background and how it relates to his career goals and academic interests. Then he also relates these interests to why Duke matches him perfectly. His favorite book provided the focus of the second essay. What makes this second essay better than others like it is that the applicant manages to put himself into the question. He does not just talk about the book, he uses it to talk about himself and stress the inquisitive nature of his personality-always a plus.
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Harvard is notorious for its long list of essay questions, as you can see from the seven essays this applicant had to write. The first essay is a standard favorite book essay. His second, about his favorite teacher, goes into more depth and reveals more about the candidate, that he enjoys learning, admires independent thought, and plans to study history.
Before I learned about Duke, I had made up my mind to study economics and to ultimately pursue a career in international business. I had come to see this path as the best combination for fulfilling both my aspirations towards knowledge and my pragmatic goals of a future livelihood. China, my planned area of focus, is an expanding market with a dearth of skilled business professionals. But I had misgivings because I wanted a school with a strong focus on the humanities as well.
"I chose my major because I am passionate about education and children's advocacy. Being a teacher to me means reaching hundreds of students and helping them have a better future through the power of education. Coming from a low-socioeconomic Mexican family, I know that education is the only way out of a cycle of poverty. I want to empower my students to accomplish their own dreams and goals. My love and dedication for children inspires me to become the best teacher I can be to create a better future. Every child needs a positive role model to look up to, and that is what great teachers are!"
''I love economics because it gives important insights into public policies, which often have unintended consequences. While a policy’s objective may be good, a law may be written so it produces incentives that undermine the policy’s goals. I hope that my students learn to think more clearly, present more cogent arguments on multiple sides of complex issues, articulate testable hypotheses, and marshal evidence to test their hypotheses. What motivated me to become an economics major in college continues to motivate my research and teaching—to better understand people and problems of people.''