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Essay Prompt

In 150 to 250 words, please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore.

Sample Essay

I want to go to college for all the usual reasons: to learn, to prepare myself for a career, and to have fun along the way. I want to go to Swarthmore because I will get the MOST on all fronts – learn the most, be the most prepared for a career, have the most fun.

Having attended both a large public school and a small private school, I’ve learned that I learn best when I’m in small classes. I like the discussion and the chance to learn from a professor who knows my name. Swarthmore is all about small classes, beginning with First Year Seminars. One professor, no more than a dozen other students, and a subject that interests me– that’s a class I know I’ll love. (Professor Laurison’s seminar on the 2016 Presidential Election would be my pick if I were starting this fall.)

All that learning would be interesting and exciting, but somewhat wasted, if I weren’t getting prepared for a career at the same time. As my parents are fond of pointing out, after college comes the “real world.” That’s why Swarthmore’s Externship and Internship programs are very appealing to me; they give me experience in the real world and open doors to post-graduation jobs.

As for fun, let’s just say that I can’t wait to make 24 new friends so we can coordinate a barbecue through Dining Services and spend some rainy afternoon checking out the comic book collection in McCabe (thanks Richard Lamb ’88!).

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