Ask yourself: are all these values/qualities in my main essay or another supplement?
" says Erica Sanders, Director of Recruitment at University of Michigan.
And don't parrot the brochures or website language--it could be that your reader actually wrote the words you’re copying and pasting.
A bad Why This College example: "I really really want to go to Northwestern because I just have this feeling that it's the place for me" does not a good case make.
It doesn't show how you are a.) qualified or b.) a good match for the school.
Contact the admissions office and, if possible, talk to your local rep – Most colleges have particular reps for particular regions of the country (and the world). You’ll be able to write “when I spoke to so-and-so in the Admissions Office, she told me…” Schools love that–it shows you’re willing to take initiative.b.) It’s the single best way to find out about the school. Admissions officers are pretty smart; they can tell when a student is trying to ingratiate him/herself.
There are people who get paid to answer your questions. They’re not going to be mad at you; they’ll be happy you asked. You play the santur, for example, and you’re trying to figure out if a school has a santur club. The college rep may say, “We don’t--you should start one! ” (in which case you get to explain/talk about this very interesting part of yourself... But having a frank conversation about particulars of the school is great! If that conversation happens to lead to you talking about why you may be an awesome candidate for the school... To close, let me say something I said above in a slightly different way: don't ask the admissions officer anything that you or anyone else could Google in five minutes.
In other words, don't tout the school's bus system.
"I know we have a good bus system, I take it every day!
"Why do you think they say don't write about those things?
Because they're tired of reading about those things.