The most frequent essay question for transfer applicants is “Why do you want to transfer to X School? It’s asking not only why you want to go to X school, but also why the school you currently attend isn’t a good fit.In general, transfers are less predictable in their applications.We’ll critique the essay as is and explain parts that might fit into the Common Application essay or a school-specific essay. As a result, I have developed a greater sense of myself and my abilities, both academic and social. However, with all due introspection and now retrospection, I feel a change is necessary.
Many colleges and universities now use the Common Application for transfer applications, requiring transfer applicants to write a Common Application essay describing the reasons for transferring and to also write several school-specific supplement essays. My first semester has been a time of transition as it is for most college freshmen.
The prompt for this essay wasn’t included, but it was probably for a school-specific essay. Making decisions regarding course selection, seeking advice from advisors, and utilizing time efficiently have all been part of the process, accomplished at a distance from the familiar support structures and cues of both home and high school.
Don’t make this episode the sole content of your essay.
For school-specific essays, which often have a tight word limit, writing an anecdote might not be the best use of the limited space.
The students and friends with whom I grew up were extraordinarily bright, competitive, and creative.
In high school, discussions and opinions on almost any subject were spontaneous and interesting.
Some of the best Common Application transfer essays I’ve read started with a brief “a slice of life” anecdote, a short narrative that captures an episode in one’s life.
If you decide to feature an anecdote in your introduction, create a vivid image (or movie) of a piece of your life in the reader’s mind. Other than including a short transition, avoid dragging this story into the next paragraph.
Transfer essays are different because transfers are different!
As we used to say at Georgetown, every transfer has a story to tell…and the essay is their opportunity to do it!