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Help with Cornell Transfer Essay

Question: I am applying for a junior level transfer to Cornell University. There is a particular essay question required by it: "Tell us what you'd like to major in at Cornell and why or how your past academic and work experience influenced your decision, and how transferring to Cornell would further your academic interests". How should I answer it? Should I write about the negative experiences I had in my current university or would that not be seen in a good light. As regards Cornell helping me in my academic interests, should I write about the curriculum of Cornell and its advantages?

Be as specific as possible when you explain why Cornell would be a good academic fit for you. For most students, this isn't an easy question to answer without offering a rather generic response. But, if you merely say, "Cornell has a strong psychology program (or anthropology, English, engineering ... .etc.)" you could really be writing about hundreds of other institutions, too. That sort of essay won’t make you stand out in a crowd or provide compelling evidence that you are well suited for Cornell. So hone in on classes, programs, or other opportunities that are unique to Cornell or that, at the very least, you won't find pretty much everywhere. Explain why these are right for you. Tie them to reading, research, paid or volunteer, work, travel or internships that you have already done and enjoyed, explaining why the Cornell classes provide a logical next step in your education.

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