I wrote my “Why Tufts?” supplemental essay almost three years ago. Last year, I responded to the prompt once again in a post that I still stand by that you can read here (and please do!). This time, I’m going to give an answer with the 50-100 word limit that applicants have to adhere to. Of course, I have the luxury of linking my old posts, so I actually am saying more than the following 50-100 words, but I’ll take the cheat because I was already accepted (oh, the perks of being in college). I’ll focus on one aspect: Student culture. Here go my 50-100 words:
At Tufts, it certainly is “cool to be smart,” but that phrase is reminiscent of labcoat-clad valedictorians ruling the hallways in a High School Musical-esque display of dominance. What does “it’s cool to be smart” really mean? At Tufts, it’s normal to be interested in things, to want to know more, and to be involved on campus. Apathy is not the norm. I never feel afraid to profess what I’m interested in because of what somebody might think or say. People will laud you for your passions, and there’s a good chance that someone will share your enthusiasm.
There. 98 words. I did it.
Was that exhaustive? Not at all. It’s only a small part of why I feel comfortable at Tufts. But it’s a big one. Whether you’re an accepted student trying to decide whether or not to come to Tufts, or a prospective student who’s looking to apply, know this: at Tufts, you don’t have to hide anything.