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Application Tips: Essay

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Kris Mercuri
Director of Admissions, Recruiting and Outreach

Hi, my name is Kris Mercuri and I serve as Director of Admissions for Recruiting and Outreach. 

Our application has just one required essay, which asks you to describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.

So, what are we looking for? The prompt is intentionally broad to allow for a wide range of topics. Your commitment can be personal or professional, expansive or specific. One type of commitment is not inherently better than another, and we have received strong, compelling essays covering a variety of commitments.

What we care about most, and what helps provide the most insight into you as an applicant, is how you have approached the commitment. Let us know what it is you set out to do and how you have gone about doing it. Whatever topic you choose, you should be specific and detailed in describing your approach.

Lastly, be genuine in your approach. We are asking you for your biggest commitment, which means you will be writing about something very important to you. This gives you an opportunity to speak in your own voice about something meaningful and distinctive in your life.