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Why are essays important?

Posted on Jul 07, 2016

The admissions committees at top schools are looking for an impressive and multi-dimensional applicant who will be able to maximize what he/she gains from and contributes to the school.

Essays help you vividly express your story arc – they provide you with the opportunity to showcase who you are and how you think. By articulating your achievements (and sometimes your failures), and what you learned or gained from them, you are able to successfully bring out different dimensions of your personality. Universities will also gauge what have you been able to take away – what is the depth of your insights from your learning experiences? Essays also encompass your community involvement or success in creative outlets such as art or dance, and what you wish to accomplish professionally and why.

The more clearly and specifically you can articulate what you can offer to the college, and why there is a fit, the stronger your application. If your essays don’t work, you may not gain admission.

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