If you go to The Common Application site and look for the supplements for the University of Michigan, you will see that the prompts, which were the same as the last few years, are gone. The information I have received is as follows: The essay questions for the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor were confirmed earlier this season directly through the school’s admissions office; however, UMich has shifted gears and now says its essay questions are going to change. Due to technical difficulties on its end, the application is not yet posted.
Archives for August 2013
“Tell us what attracted you to our school: What are the reasons that you want to attend?”
When a college asks “Why?” in its supplement, you want to be sure that you have a good, solid, detailed answer. Do not write a generic answer that could apply to any college or university. Do your research! Even if you have visited the school, have a list of persuasive and specific reasons for choosing each university. Here are some suggestions of what to consider:
For the “Why this school,” it might help to do the following:
- Explore the school’s website
- Take a virtual tour
- Visit the school (See “The Top 12 Things to Ask and Do on a College Tour”)
- Get a basic picture of the physical environment of the school and the surrounding city, town, etc.
- Get an overview of the intellectual, cultural, and social elements of the school community
- Speak to contacts who have attended or who currently attend the school
- Read the school’s mission statement and see what elements of it intrigue you
- Find particular schools, programs, courses of study, professors, or academic benefits
- Find one or two activities that appeal to you (clubs, social action opportunities, research, study abroad)
- Indicate why you and the school are a good fit
Use between when you are thinking of two things at a time, even though they may be part of a group consisting of a larger number.
I loved to sit between my two brothers in the back seat of the car on family road trips.
The team certainly needed that short rest period between quarters. (Although there are more than two quarters, a rest period occurs only between two of them at a time).
Use among when you are thinking of a group of three or more rather than of separate individuals.
Although there was a significant disagreement among the officers about the theme for Sports Night, we eventually compromised.
Since we had only $25 cash among the six of us, I decided to pay with my credit card.
Beside means “by the side of” something or someone. It is always a preposition.
Besides as a preposition means “in addition to.” As an adverb, it means “moreover” or “in addition.”
My grandmother would often sit beside me and tell me stories of the “old country.”
Besides playing sports with the children, I would also help them with their homework after school.
I decided to stay in the class. Besides, I had begun to enjoy chemistry more than I had imagined possible.
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