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Why Major X - Environmental Engineering

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
One Paragraph Short Answer
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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Future Roommate - Greek Nerd Alert

Stanford University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
I am a bit of a nerd, especially when it comes to physics and computers. I prefer PC's to Macs, but I own both. And fair warning, my brain only truly functions after midnight (so be ready for quite a few all-nighters).
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Future Roommate - Letter Format

Stanford University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
So what is there to know about me? Here goes a little summary: I'm part mad scientist, part artist, part goof, and part adrenaline junkie.
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Future Roommate - Top 10 List

Stanford University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
Top ten things you need to know about me as a roommate:
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Why College X - Community

Hendrix College
Really Short Answer
I’m drawn to diverse, open and supportive communities.
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Why College X - Intellectual Engagement - Research

Bowdoin College
One Paragraph Short Answer
One privilege of attending Bowdoin would be the opportunities available for scientific research. I’m the kind of guy who really likes research – it is how you get to test ideas.
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Why College X - Yale Short Answer Combo Pack

Yale University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
I’ve been conscious of the importance of caring for the environment for as long as I remember because it was a consciousness instilled in me by my Mom, who is an environmental lawyer for the state of Idaho. So when I transferred to my new school, the first club that I joined was Project Green. Project Green focuses on projects that result in a more eco-friendly school and community.
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Activity - Internship Environmental Equipment Company

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Really Short Answer
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 - School Publication

University of Michigan
One Paragraph Short Answer
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/Work Experience Short Answer

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One Paragraph Short Answer
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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