Why College X - Fulfill My Dreams

Essay Prompt

Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. Help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here. (300 words)

Sample Essay

Sports broadcasting has fascinated me since I was in the 3rd grade. Around this time I started watching sports with more focus, and becoming one of these men I so often saw on ESPN or heard on the radio became my dream: a dream that I haven't wavered from and a dream that I want college to help me fulfill.

All it took to convince me that the Medill School of Journalism was far and away the best school for me was the visit I made there last spring. Before I arrived, I had done my homework and I knew that Medill was one of only a few universities that offered a strong liberal arts foundation combined with an incredible opportunity for in-depth and hands-on studies in journalism. I also knew that among those few, Medill stood out as the only one that is regarded as world-class in both liberal arts and journalism. But what I didn’t really know was how much being at a world-class university really matters until I got a taste of it for myself.

The magnitude of the fantastic opportunity Medill provides came home to me in a conversation I had with Professor LaMay and two students following my visit to his Sports, Society and Media class. That conversation showed me how the faculty and my fellow classmates at Medill will challenge me to go beyond mastering the basics of sports journalism to examine the deeper aspects and more profound opportunities in the field. And I want that challenge because, for me, sports journalism has always been much more than simply narrating the action. It is discovering how I can increase the positive impact that sports can have on the community; it's how I can tell a story about sports that will help a struggling community find pride, a divided community come together, or a wounded community heal. I know that sports journalism can do all that and more. And I’m excited to be at a place where I can learn from and study with others who know that too.

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