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'scientific research is strongly promoted here' - Macalester supplement


cordyceps 3 / 11  
Jan 15, 2012   #1
What factors have led you to consider Macalester College? Why do you believe it may be a good match, and what do you believe you can add to the Mac community, academically and personally?

For a liberal arts college with high national ranking like Macalester, certain aspects such as high caliber education, qualified and accessible professors, state-of-the-art facilities, etc. are almost a given. What really stood out for me about Macalester is how fostered scientific research is, and how the unique urban location of the Twins Cities allows for nearly endless opportunities for both research and internship programs.

Skimming through the website of the Macalester Science and Research office website, I can tell that scientific research is strongly promoted here. There are various ways for science students to be involved in doing research on and off campus, and even in international locations. Funding for students research projects are also widely available like the Student-Faculty Summer Research collaboration, the Beckman Foundation, etc. I have had a relatively brief time assisting my professor in his research lab. From just a couple weeks, I have come to appreciate the studious yet dynamic process of investigation in the science laboratories, as well as the life of a scientist. The work is most often times repetitive and not easy. Thus, it can be a test of one's true passion for science. In the words of Marie Curie: "A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale." I am also among those who think science is just as magical as any fairy tale, and how can I not? The entire genomes of every living organisms are made up from only four different bases of DNA in various arrangements; our every thought and action come down to the firing of neurons; activities of the minuscule molecule called enzyme in the cells are what keeping me alive; and countless more phenomena that await the analysis of the human minds. Being in a research laboratory for me is an exploration of the magic of life. Being at Macalester, subsequently, will give me so many chances to do just that. Internships programs facilitated by the Academic Internship Programs are abundant as well. Having such wonderful opportunities for research and internship will teach me how to integrate theoretical knowledge gained in classrooms and apply such knowledge in a real world setting, which I believe is the integral part of a well-rounded education.

Academic goals aside, I am optimistic to thrive in this diverse community. I can see myself going straight for the Bio Club to have my 'geek out' moments with other biology enthusiasts and help organize events to celebrate the study of life across campus. I see the long-lost salsero in me being revived with weekly instructions and outings to various venues organized by Mac Salsa, and my passion for theater rekindled by joining Mac Players or the Bad Comedy while reminiscing my years with the theater club at home-the Saigon Players. I also see myself being an active contributor for the Asian Student Alliance or Macalester International Organization to promote awareness and understanding of Vietnamese culture throughout campus. Most certainly, I will also seek to give back to the community with joining organization such as Habitat for Humanity and involve numerous civic engagement programs. Such multitude of avenues on campus will allow for self-discovery as well as shaping and solidifying my identity as a Macalester student.

When given the chance, I expect to make the most out of my time at Macalester College. It is a school where a vast array of opportunities for research and internships are available and still allowing for close relationships with members for the faculty and where a wide range of extracurricular activities will help me discover myself while being an active member on campus who seeks to give back to the community.
btrfly7 - / 15 6  
Mar 23, 2015   #2
fostered scientific research is

...fostered scientific research is"how scientific research is fostered"
...Twins Cities allows for nearly endless ...allows nearly endless
...students research projects ...students' research projects
...available like the Student-Faculty Summer Research collaboration, the Beckman Foundation, etc. ...available, like

In the words of Marie Curie: "A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician:, he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impresses him like a fairy tale." I am also among those who think science is just as magical as any fairy tale,; and how can I not? The entire genomes of every living organismsareis made up from only four different bases of DNA in various arrangements; our. Our every thought and action comecomes down to the firing of neurons; activities of the minuscule molecule called enzyme in the cells are what keeping me alivethat keep one alive ; and countless more phenomena that await the analysis of the human minds...

(new paragraph) Being in a research laboratory for me is an exploration of the magic of life. Being at Macalester, subsequently, will give me so many chances to do just that. Internships programs facilitated by the Academic Internship Programs are abundant as well. Having such wonderful opportunities for research and internship will teach me how to integrate theoretical knowledge gained in classrooms and apply such knowledge in a real world setting, which I believe is the integral part of a well-rounded education.

Academic goals aside, I am optimistic to thriveabout thriving in this diverse community.

...with joining organization such as... ...with joining organizations such as...

and involve numerous civic engagement programs. Such multitude of avenues on campus will allow for self-discovery as well as shaping and solidifying my identity as a Macalester student....and being involved...Such a multitude...shape and solidify...

When given the chance, I expect to make the most out of my time at Macalester College.Love this line! That's what I was getting out of this essay too!

It is a school where a vast array of opportunities for research and internships are available and still allowingallows for close relationships with members for the faculty and where a wide range of extracurricular activities will help me discover myself while being an active member on campus who seeks to give back to the community.

Great going, Cordyceps! Just watch the little articles like "the, a, of," from time to time in your text. You have provided quite a bit of examples and support for what you will do at Macalester, and in addition, your essay shows that you have done some research and put the thought about how this experience can benefit you so you can benefit your community. Good luck!
lynzee22 - / 90 37  
Mar 23, 2015   #3
Hello,
This is a very good start. Below are some suggestions


For a liberal arts college with high national ranking like Macalester, certain aspects such as high caliber education, qualified and accessible professors, state-of-the-art facilities, etc. are almost a given. Don't use etc. Use a phrase like such as or and many other things.

Skimming through the website of the Macalester Science and Research office website, I can tell that scientific research is strongly promoted here. I wouldn't use the word skimming. It sounds like you didn't do your research very well, just skimmed. Maybe even at first glance, or after looking at...

Make sure you clearly answer the prompt. I can see that you do, but try to make it even clearer when you are moving from one point to the next. One way to do this is to use the actual language from the prompt in you essay. It lets the reader know clearly that you did answer all the parts.


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