Why College X - When There is A Separate Why Major X Question

Essay Prompt

Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)

Sample Essay

What I value most about Columbia is definitely the Core Curriculum. Not only does the Core manage to encompass all of my curiosities, but the courses in it match what I consider to be a solid foundation for a well-educated person: I like that the Core, much like my interests (chemistry all the way over to English literature), covers everything.

But the real beauty of the Core is that everyone at Columbia is taking these classes. I want to be in a class discussing Don Quixote with people other than those who love literature and think about everything as a narrative. What does the math geek have to say? Or the history nerd? Or the political science CNN junkie? The Core gives all Columbia students a common intellectual ground no matter what their prior education or upbringing, while still encouraging conversation and discussion from different points of view; this diversity is what draws me to a top liberal arts college in the first place.

So, even though there are many things for me to love about Columbia, like the tree lighting tradition, life in New York City (a real city definitely attracts this girl from Iowa), the countless options for delicious food (I want to eat my way through it all – from the food truck to the Michelin starred restaurant), and the Dodge Fitness Center (to get back in shape after visiting those countless restaurants), what I love most is that the Core Curriculum will provide me with the kind of education I want, the kind of education that will prepare me for the rest of my life.

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