Essay Sample: Why Colby?

For many, school is right around the corner, so take advantage of this time to get a jumpstart on your essays! One of the most common types of essays that you will have to write, and perhaps the most tricky, is why you want to attend a certain program. This is a great way to set yourself apart from other applicants, and the last thing that you want to do it to regurgitate a school's brochure. Here's a great example from a student who was accepted to a special program at Colby:

Colby’s 360-Degree Residential Learning Plan embodies my belief that many individual voices coming together can create something powerful and surprising that goes far beyond what any one person can achieve alone. I am fascinated by psychology, politics, history, and business, and am seeking the kind of interdisciplinary study that Colby offers so I can build on my existing service background designing programs that aim to understand and support poverty-ridden regions of the world. Developing the service trip to India for Kaiizen (see my Common App essay) showed me that having a grand vision requires breaking that big goal down into many small goals, each with its own set of responsibilities and staff members. This spirit of business acumen and collaboration at Colby is evident by your recent hosting of the CBB annual economics conference. I also had an opportunity to read Guillermo Vuletin’s fascination discussion on “Fiscal policy in developing countries”—this is exactly the kind of structure that my personal drive and raw experience require.

Taking practical action to implement change is something that Colby students clearly value through their work with Amnesty International, the Social Entrepreneurs Club, and United Work at Colby.With a beautiful campus, engaged professors, a tight-knit student body, and academic programs that match my skills and interests, Colby is the ideal collaborative community (in my current state of residence!) that I’ve always wanted to be a part of.

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