edoodles 1 / - Jan 1, 2016 #1Please edit this for grammar and content! Looking to make sure it is relevant enough to the school and really demonstrates what I will bring to the school that is unique!What are the unique qualities of Northwestern - and of the specific undergraduate school(s) 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? (300 word max)this is 299 words right now, haha!!Before discovering Northwestern, I was convinced that my multidisciplinary interests would be my greatest bane: I would need to diminish my interest in visual art to the extracurricular level in order to pursue only one discipline, engineering. However, after learning of the Integrated Engineering Degree and reading about current students' projects, such as Technology and Design for the Arts, I learned that Northwestern makes it possible to pursue multiple interests as they intersect.Northwestern's philosophy of "whole-brain engineering" perfectly mirrors my ambitions to become an engineer who not only has broad technical knowledge, but can also communicate articulately. I am excited to delve hands-on into real-world engineering problems during my first semester through Northwestern's unique Engineering First initiative. Also, by taking classes like Design Thinking and Communication, I know I will be challenged creatively and technically to develop skills vital to success in the work force.I am also drawn to Northwestern for the community-minded entrepreneurship and innovation it fosters, as evidenced by McCormick's Farley Center and Segal Institute. Last summer, I attended Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, in which I lead the marketing and communications efforts of our "company" to victory in a simulated three-year business competition against twenty-three other teams. A few weeks later, during my visit to Northwestern, a group of Design for America students staying at our hotel invited us to observe their presentations. Listening to them market their creative ideas, demonstrating not only their passion for innovation, but also for making a positive impact on society, I knew I had found a school where I could thrive: one with an atmosphere of collaboration and entrepreneurship that I found at PFEW.I look forward to spending the next four years as a proud Wildcat, and seeing where I will go when I take a Northwestern direction.