Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to witness an optical illusion.
Knowing that your application time is precious, NYU must have had some reason to pen a prompt of this size, so it’s important to note each specific requirement and every minute detail that could give you some inkling as to how to tell your own story. I want to spend the next four years of my life in the greatest city in the world? In addition to offering your unique take on why an NYU education is right for you, you’ll also need to make sure your answer ticks off a few specific boxes.
Firstly, NYU wants a drill down of your reasoning from your campus selection all the way to your specific program of choice.
In fact, here's what to do after you've written your first draft: Go back through your essay and underline anything that sounds like it could have appeared in another student's essay. In your "Why This College" essay you're making a case, and the case is this: "You [the school] and I [the student] are a perfect match." But...
DON'T: Simply use emotional language to make your case.
Take a hint from Emory University, whose “Why This College” essay prompt used to read:"Many students decide to apply to Emory University based on our size, location, reputation, and yes, the weather.
Besides these valid reasons as a possible college choice, why is Emory University a particularly good match for you?
The question isn’t just “Why NYU,” but “Why do NYU?
” And, of course, if you’ve applied to more than one campus, you’ll want to explain how each location can meet your needs in ways that are both unique and somehow equivalent.
" 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.