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"rigorous academics and opportunities" - Why Stanford?


ailibai 8 / 21  
Dec 27, 2010   #1
Tell us what makes Stanford a good place for you.

Every time I see my extended family, I'm bombarded with questions about college. "Where are you going? What are you going to study?" The first answer is always the same: "I'm hoping for Stanford." The following "why" is not as easy to answer. I talk about Stanford's reputation for rigorous academics, the countless opportunities offered to students, or the proximity to larger urban locales. Invariably, I mention the warm weather, which helps my nerve disorder (I'm sensitive to cold). What I don't mention is the general feeling I get from Stanford. I know that I can feel safe, intellectually challenged, and welcome. Stanford is an environment in which I can achieve my best; the obvious passion that teachers and students have for their work fosters inspiration and success.

My answer to the second question is usually "I'm not sure." I have so many interests, from language to astronomy to psychology. I know that I have options at Stanford. I can take "Celluloid America: Explorations in Film and History" and "Energy and the Environment on the Back of an Envelope." At Stanford, I will be able to find my true calling while indulging my other interests. When I find my passion, I know that there will be a community of Stanford students like me to share it with. If I could say all of this when people ask "Why Stanford?" they would understand.

General thoughts, anything I could improve? Thanks!

biggly 1 / 7  
Dec 27, 2010   #2
Impressive essay! But I would get rid of "The following 'why' is not as easy to answer" and "If I could say all of this when people ask 'Why Stanford?' they would understand." I feel like they only detract from the essay.

an environment where I can achieve my best
OP ailibai 8 / 21  
Dec 27, 2010   #3
Does it work if I change it like this?

The first answer is always the same: "I'm hoping for Stanford." When they ask why, I talk about Stanford's reputation for rigorous academics, the countless opportunities offered to students, or the proximity to larger urban locales.
littlechef 10 / 33  
Dec 27, 2010   #4
I guess this answer is acceptable. It is better than the first.

Other than that, this is a great response. If you still have words available, perhaps you should add another specific tidbit about Stanford... ;)
biggly 1 / 7  
Dec 27, 2010   #5
Sure, that works.
tanyasilva11 10 / 38  
Dec 27, 2010   #6
this is really good. you were clear and concise about your reasons for wanting to go to stanford, and it looks like you know a lot about the university. good job!

could you please take a look at my supplement for syracuse? thank you!!
sidbush 3 / 26  
Dec 27, 2010   #7
*while indulging in my other interests?

Great essay!


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