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Why Major X - Environmental Engineering

A Boy Scout project, a club, and an internship have put me on the path to a career in environmental engineering. Every Earth Day, from fourth grade to seventh grade, my Boy Scout cleaned up the area around a local pond.
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Activity Sample 2

Last summer, I landed an internship that gave me the opportunity to do field testing of environmental equipment measuring air pollution.
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Activity Sample 3

I would continue working for my school publication because the experience has led to my development as a writer, leader, and contributor to my school.
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Activity Sample 4

Below are 10 samples of responses to the activity/work experience short answer question. They touch on the most common types of activities and work experiences and should give you a great starting point for your own answer.
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Favorites Sample 1

Amidst the piles of Elle and Entertainment Weekly that sit atop my coffee table, the one subscription that I always read backwards and forwards is Reader’s Digest.
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Creative Sample 1

Where I'm From*I am from shin guards from Tide and OxiClean.
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Formative Background Sample 1

Tufts University
5:51am. I hear the alarm go off. I open my eyes, turn on the lights, and see the mural that has been on my wall ever since I was born. My oldest sister, Betsy, picks flowers while my middle sister Jenny swings and I host a tea party in the elaborate garden.
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Misc. Topics Sample 1

At Williams we believe that bringing together students and professors in small groups produces extraordinary academic outcomes. Our distinctive Oxford-style tutorial classes—in which two students are guided by a professor in deep exploration of a single topic—are a prime example
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Misc. Topics Sample 2

Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and Colbert’s I am America and So Can You are five books that I would recommend to anyone as worth the read.
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Misc. Topics Sample 3

These are the books I’ve read for pleasure over the past year
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