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DIVERSE HUMAN BEING; Personal Diversification - Northwestern Supplemental Essay


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Oct 12, 2013   #1
Prompt: What are the unique qualities of Northwestern - and of the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying - that make you want to attend the University? In what ways do you hope to take advantage of the qualities you have identified?

Please be honest in the assessment of my work. The only way to make progress is through revision. Thanks in advance.

In order to succeed in today's ever changing job market, I believe it is absolutely essential to be a diverse human being, capable of adapting to whatever opportunities lie ahead. This belief was one I made central in my search for a college. When I visited Northwestern, I immediately noticed not only the academic diversification that had been achieved on the campus, but also the vast number of different cultures that thrived there. This was a place that, not only did I want to be a part of, but one I felt I could excel in.

On the academic side, I am very excited about the rule of three system instituted at Northwestern. The ability to diversify my personal portfolio, I believe, will allow me to succeed in any field I chose to enter. This is very important to me because, coming into college, I am completely undecided. I have a very good idea of what I do not want to study, however; I am passionate about many things. The combination of the rule of three and the heterogeneity of Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences will allow me to explore many different passions and ultimately allow me to pursue up to three of them, which is something I believe only Northwestern can provide me.

On the social side, I really want to be a part of Northwestern's multitude of different cultures on campus. Cultural diversity was one element of my high school experience that was lacking, and Northwestern's multicultural experience is something that I believe can help me grow as a person and shape me into a human being fit to go out into the world and succeed. For example, as a person interested in different religions, it is amazing that Northwestern is in such close proximity to the Bahá'í Temple and, moreover, that they have many opportunities for different religions to thrive on campus.

In short, it was not only Northwestern's prestigious reputation for excellence and gorgeous campus that caught my eye. It was their expectation that the students there have a culturally and academically diverse experience, something that is very important to me.

admission2012 - / 481 90  
Oct 14, 2013   #2
Hello,

While this is a pretty standard and vanilla response to this prompt(one that will not hurt your chances for admissions), there are a few issues that prevent it from being a really stellar essay. You really do not mention anything specific to NU. Cultural diversity can be found pretty much at any top school. Furthermore, the rule of three at NU is actually meant to curtail students from wandering from major to major - exactly the opposite of your plan. As with the cultural diversity aspect, pretty much any top school will allow students to double major while still completing a minor (Exactly as the rule of three at NU). You really need to dig deeper to find the unique aspects of NU and how those really make the school stand out to you. - Admissions Advice Online

Hope this helps
OP stemerson 3 / 5 1  
Oct 19, 2013   #3
Thanks for the input, what do you think of this new edit? Thanks in advance!

In order to succeed in today's ever changing world, I believe it is essential to be a diverse human being, capable of adapting to whatever opportunities lie ahead. This belief was one I made central in my search for a college. Upon visiting Northwestern, I immediately felt like this was the school in which I could excel and become the person I strive to be. Not only does the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences offer world renowned academics across diverse curriculums, but it excites me to think that in the morning I can be discussing economic theory with Nobel Prize winning professor Mortenson, and after lunch discussing Spanish literature with Professor ---. I could then head to the bio lab and follow one of my true passions, research. Having conducted my own research at a cardiology lab during the summer leading up to my senior year, I am really looking forward to continuing my research at Northwestern. In my research, I focused on cell and molecular biology in cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells) and I maintain that Northwestern's department of molecular biosciences is the perfect place for me to continue asking difficult questions and seeking intriguing answers. In short, I believe Northwestern will provide me with the springboard on which I can launch my life as being a Wildcat means not only competence in one discipline, but excellence across all.


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