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Georgia Tech acceptance essay (Max: 150 words) - such a great college that's so close to my home


joshuav523 1 / 1  
Oct 13, 2015   #1
Georgia Tech provides a challenging, yet rewarding college experience that combines a rigorous coursework with scientific research and developmental opportunities. After taking computer science classes in high school, I can further explore my interest in computer science at the acclaimed College of Computing, where I can participate in groundbreaking undergraduate research and student organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery and MAKE. As someone who wants to apply what I've learned, the Co-Op program can allow me to apply my knowledge into the real world while the International Study program can help me gain international experience and learn valuable life skills that will help me succeed in the global marketplace. With its acclaimed computing and engineering programs, diverse student body, advanced research facilities, multiple professional opportunities, and various student organizations, Georgia Tech will offer me the quintessential college experience to help me succeed in the future.

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I live about half an hour away from Georgia Tech and I'd be thrilled to get accepted to such a great college that's so close to my home. I want to make sure all my essays and supplemental questions are good enough. I'm open to all criticisms and suggestions. Thanks!

aikoashiya 1 / 39 26  
Oct 13, 2015   #2
Hey Josh,

I'm also a resident of Georgia (though I go to college in the north), and have been accepted to GT, so I think my advice should be relevant for you.

I think the essay is already pretty good. It demonstrates that you have at least done some research on GT (with your references to MAKE, their great Co-Op program, etc.). It may even be ready to submit, however, if you'd like to make it better, then I would suggest you to become even more specific with what you want to do at GT, and exactly what GT can provide for you. Note that GT takes great pride in their ramblin' wreck, their mascot the Yellow Jacket, and being a great public school that is still a top school in the nation. You've really hit some great academic points, but college is not only about the academics as it is about being a place to network and socialize as well as being a place to mature and grow in your world view. Therefore, you may want to do some more research into their student life and try to incorporate that into your essay if at all possible.

However, also realize that GT is heavily aimed more towards academically strong students (high SAT, GPA, some ECs). Many of my friends who had great academics with less than stellar essays were accepted, whereas some of my friends who weren't as strong academically but had written some (imo) great essays were waitlisted/rejected.

If you have any more questions about GT or your essay I'd be happy to look at it again, and best of luck!
OP joshuav523 1 / 1  
Oct 14, 2015   #3
Thank you so much for the elaborate feedback! I've thought about what you said and I edited my answer. Tell me what you think:

Georgia Tech provides a challenging, yet rewarding college experience that combines a rigorous coursework with scientific research and developmental opportunities. After taking computer science classes in high school, I can further explore my interest in computer science at the acclaimed College of Computing, where I can participate in groundbreaking undergraduate research and student organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery and MAKE. I like to apply what I've learned and through the Co-Op and International Study programs, I can gain real-world experience and valuable life skills that will help me succeed in the global marketplace. As someone who values a balance between an academic and social life, I admire Georgia Tech's commitment to creating a safe and diverse community, where students can participate in recreational activities, Greek organizations, and student organizations. I think Georgia Tech will offer me the quintessential college experience that will pave my path to success.
aikoashiya 1 / 39 26  
Oct 16, 2015   #4
Sorry, I couldn't respond back to you in a timely fashion - I was running a fever for the past few days and am finally feeling better :)

I think that your revised essay is pretty great/excellent. Notably, the essay has a 150 word limit so it's understandably hard to fit a lot of detail in it, but I think this shows the school that you are not just interested in their academic excellence, but also being a great environment for socializing (frat/party life is pretty intense at GT, if you choose to be a part of it).

Of course, this is just my opinion, so I'd also recommend you hearing the opinions of your peers and teachers, but I think this essay is very similar to the one that I wrote for GT a while ago.

Good luck!


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