Struggling with supplemental essays? Here's a tip for answering a common one, "Why do you want to come to College X?"
The best answers focus on the fit between you and College X. Yes, there's that all important word "fit" again! This is often the question that can clarify whether in fact you are applying to the best fit colleges for you. If you have done your research on College X and considered what it is that you love so much about it, then this question should be easy to answer. Yet if you find yourself struggling to come up with an answer, then you either have lots more digging to do on College X's website or it might not be such a great fit for you after you all. That's okay - better to realize that during the application process than after May 1!
So let's say that College X is an awesome fit for you. How are you supposed to answer the question? Most importantly, be specific. That means connecting what you have done in high school to what are going to do at College X. What can you link from your current activities and classes to what is offered at College X? Classroom learning and signature programs are key, so be sure to include the ones that match the interests you have shown through your transcript and activity list. Name a class or two that you would love to take, and briefly link it to something you are currently studying or in which you have shown a strong interest. Remember your extracurriculars, too! How will you positively impact your future classmates and campus life at College X? Will you play intramural sports? If yes, which ones? Will you go abroad? To which country and why? Show them exactly how you will immerse in student life at College X. Let your excitement - and genuine interest in College X - shine through!