Due in 3 days, any help would be appreciated! I'm just concerned it doesn't sound sincere enough or if it just needs some better description. I want to show that even though I haven't visited I know I absolutely want to attend Harvey Mudd College.
Being more than a just a "nerd"
Harvey Mudd College is no Caltech backup. It is my dream, and it has its own personality in my mind as a loveable and quirky school where a passion for math and science and appreciation for the humanities are welcomed in earnest. I will readily admit that I have not had the chance to visit - but that in no way impacts my interest or my love for Harvey Mudd College. I plan to visit soon, and I am confident that the way I feel now will only be intensified.
From every Harvey Mudd student I have had the chance to talk to, I can already tell that Harvey Mudd College would fit me like a glove. Where else would a Calculus project made out of a rice-krispie integral be appreciated? Nowhere, and that is why I am so drawn to Harvey Mudd. No other school I have seen has had such an amazing aura: where each student loves what they study and puts their heart into every effort. I long to be a part of such a close knit community where study groups are always exciting and unpredictable and calculus is not some geeky pursuit - it is a way of life. And just for good measure, Harvey Mudd requires a third of core classes to be humanities (because we all cannot sit in our dorms doing physics problems forever).
In addition to my need for a close knit community of students and professors alike, I am attracted to Mudd's heavy workload that emphasizes sciences, but also appreciates the arts. I have not and nor will I ever perform well with free time on my hands. I perform my best not only in small environments, but under pressure and with little time to spare. I have no explanation other than that filling my schedule with endless amounts of work and activities forces me to organize my time efficiently and ambitiously. In a way I am sure few people understand, the work I did between my two summer jobs was emotionally fulfilling and left me feeling like I was on top of the world - at the peak of my game. The work load Harvey Mudd College has to offer has been a very significant factor in my interest in applying, and I know I will be more than happy to devote hours to work, study, and the occasional unicycle ride to the Donut Man's legendary bakery.
With a campus close to home, and a student body that is enthusiastic and excited about studying, Harvey Mudd College is the perfect school in my eyes. It stands above all of the UC's and CSU's in California - with specialized attention and stronger engineering and computer science programs, Harvey Mudd College is one of a kind (much like each one of its students). As I apply to Mudd, I think of all my hard work, perseverance, and dreams culminating in one final moment, and come fall of 2013 I hope to be one of the few who can proudly call themselves a Mudder: more than a just a "nerd" - certainly a well rounded student, distinguished with excellence, among the most creative and brightest of their generation (with a penchant for pranking Caltech).