In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot gives an introduction to specific fields. She starts by explaining that not everything will change; they have similar prompt styles. She then discusses how important it is to do your research, how to craft a major-specific resume, and how telling a good story helps.
These schools are looking for the same things more general schools are looking for (preparation, talent, and fit).
These schools are asking the same kinds of questions that more general schools are asking (for more details, see Lesson 2 on prompts and how to answer them).
Do your researchyou will be asked why you want to be a doctor, lawyer, etc. You might as well have a well-informed answer.
Read the schools website before answering the prompt. What do they think is an important part of becoming a doctor, lawyer, PhD, etc.? Write about that.
Talk to people in your goal profession. Youll probably hear at least one thing about your intended field that youve never heard before. That could be the seed of a great essay.
Craft a Major-Specific Resumé
Pick out the relevant parts of your background and focus on them.
Get the intangibles, tooelements of your life that align with the schools and professions values.
Be creative! If you dont have a perfect resumé, write about the elements of your background, however unorthodox, that do align with your goals.
When in Doubt, Tell a Good Story
Make a prioritized list and focus on the most interesting/useful parts of your background.
Humans are wired to understand and remember stories. If you can create a narrative, people will remember you more clearly and more favorably.
Telling a good story will also show off your writing abilitiesremember, the application essay is as much a test of that as anything else.
When in doubt:
Remember the basics.
Do your research.
Craft a major-specific resumé.
Tell a good story.
Read, read, read.
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