My consulting practice is called for a reason. The applicant needs to show the Admissions committee that he or she are uniquely positioned for their school, that there is an ideal match between their programs, student body, extra-curricular activities, and environment and the applicant’s interests, skill set, goals, values and personality. Your son or daughter’s application goal should simply be to persuade the admissions department to offer acceptance. Why are your student and College X made for each other?
The student’s response to this essay question should reflect two things: (1) one’s own self-knowledge and (2) well-researched and, ideally, firsthand, visit-based knowledge of the prospective college.
Answering this essay question with well-researched content on programs will set your student apart. Why? Because many applicants won’t do this. They are answering the question superficially, not thinking through who their target audience is, perhaps saying what they would say to their friends about the city, the weather, the sports record, or the social scene at a given university. They won’t go the second mile and go beyond the obvious.
The nature of the reflection will depend on your topic (Woodward-Kron, 1997) but questions such as these may be considered:
What is the significance of your findings?
What are the implications of your conclusions for this topic and for the broader field?
Are their any limitations to your approach?
Are there any other factors of relevance that impact upon the topic but fell outside the scope of the essay?
Are their any suggestions you can make in terms of future research?