Looking for examples of past college essays that worked? These are some admissions essays that our officers liked best from last year.
Jonathan Marc Leon-Salans '20
Chevy Chase, MD
The Super Show was, for me, the defining moment of the Voices of Tufts program. From students “Banging Everything At Tufts” to slam poetry, and from African to Indian dance, Tufts' amazing diversity was on full display. People from all different backgrounds were not only performing in the show but also watching it, and all of us were having the best time. It was clear to me that, at Tufts, differences are not only accepted, but celebrated. It was the moment I realized Tufts is the place for me. On no other campus have I felt so welcome and embraced.
Celeste Teng '19
Tufts' ILVS major drew me instantly. I wanted to explore both film and literature as vehicles of social and cultural significance, to discuss the parallels of transnationalism in cinema and literature, to compare the auteur theory across cultures and media; I'd already noticed common threads of cynicism and anti-establishment sentiments that influenced this generation of Singaporean writers and filmmakers, and I found this intersection a rich, fascinating one. The ILVS is uniquely Tufts; the fact that this major exists at all speaks volumes - this is a community that embraces diversity, and uses it to enrich the way students learn.
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James Gregoire '19
South Burlington, VT
It was on my official visit with the cross country team that I realized Tufts was the perfect school for me. Our topics of conversation ranged from Asian geography to efficient movement patterns, and everyone spoke enthusiastically about what they were involved in on campus. I really related with the guys I met, and I think they represent the passion that Tufts' students have. I can pursue my dream of being a successful entrepreneur by joining the Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, pursuing an Entrepreneurial Leadership minor, and taking part in an up-and-coming computer science program.
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Lena Novins-Montaque '20
Before my tour, my dad and I stopped in Brown and Brew for coffee. We saw a stack of The Tufts Daily, and beside it, copies of Canon. The poetry and prose I read was carefully curated and well written. As a writer, this instantly excited me. During the tour, my guide Ed enthusiastically said, “Tufts is full of people who are interested and interesting.” Tufts offers an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity that matches perfectly with what I want for my college experience.
Colin Murphy '20
I'm as much a photographer as I am an academic. The current design of higher education forces me into a black and white decision, of arts or traditional academia, when my interests occupy a variety of grays. I relish the structured nature of calculus, but find the same solace in the mathematical nature of linguistics. My creative expression transcends photography: sometimes I notice the same uniqueness in the way I solve a physics problem. I'll have ample time to explore my tangled interests as I take the Red Line between Tufts University and SMFA.
Megan Rivkin '20
Give me a blank page-- I'll draw all over it.
When I visited, a Jumbo studying theatre and psychology was directing "Next To Normal." That sounds like me. I want to make theatre useful by studying other areas as well. At Tufts, interdisciplinary thinking is a key part of the culture.
Playwright Neil Labute told me to find a college where I can pave my own way, not be force-fed opportunities. I need a creative space that will hand me a blank page and care how I use it.
Though he may not have known it, Mr. Labute described Tufts.