Why Brown Essay

This is a pretty standard “Why medicine?” prompt, which means that you should use many of the same tactics as you would for that type of essay (see our overview to 7-year med programs). To provide a brief rehash, in order to convey why a guaranteed-admissions program is a good “fit” for your goals, there are few different things you need to discuss.

 

First, you need to discuss why you are qualified for medicine; namely what sort of extracurricular activities did you do in high school that were related to medicine, whether tangentially or directly. More specifically, you want to convey your abilities in two key areas: the scientific side of medicine (i.e., the ability to understand and cure diseases), and the humanistic side of medicine (the ability to connect with patients and care for them).

 

To address both of these aspects, you will need to weave a narrative that connects your technical scientific training to your capacity for empathy and care. You might begin talking about your fascination with physiology, the thrill of cutting open a frog, seeing the obscure jumble of organs, and learning how to sort out the parts that the text book identifies with neat colored markers.

 

Maybe what interests you about the human body is how it often deviates from the norms that appear in textbooks. Transitioning from an interest in the technical aspects of physiology, you might switch to the more humanistic side of talking about how, as a medical practitioner, you look forward to working with patients who have limited mobility.

 

More than just a technical understanding of how one human physiognomy might differ from another, you might talk about how the time you have spent working in a restaurant where you were responsible for serving all kinds of different bodies, with all kinds of different mobility restrictions. What did you learn from having people in wheelchairs tell you what they needed in order to comfortably enjoy their meal? How did you open up the space in order to make them comfortable asking you for accommodations? Your patients, after all, are not just frogs on a dissecting table.

 

Patient care experience is a big plus for this part of the essay, and experiences such as volunteering at a nursing home or shadowing a physician are great enhancers. In the process of outlining your qualifications, be sure to discuss why you enjoy each of those two facets of medicine. But, as I’ve suggested above, especially when you are talking about the humanistic side of medicine, your experience doing any kind of caring or service work can offer a useful perspective.

 

After all, when you are treating patients, most of them don’t want to be treated like “people who are in a hospital” — they want to feel like they are in a place where they have some measure of agency, where they can ask questions and reflect on their experience.

 

One thing worth mentioning: There is a particular clichéd version of this essay that talks about how your grandmother suffered from some kind of disease and died. You felt awful about losing her and hope to become a medical professional because you want to cure that disease.

 

While it is true that a compelling essay about the death of one’s grandmother can be written, it is also the sad truth that everyone’s grandmother dies. If you tell a story like this, you will want to address not just your desire to provide healthcare, but the specific aspects of your training and experience that have prepared you to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Moreover, it is also worth thinking carefully about how you talk about what the practice of doing medicine entails. The desire to “heal” people and return them to a “normal” life is certainly admirable. But there are some kinds of necessary healthcare work that do not result in a healthy ending where the hidden ailment is eradicated; sometimes healthcare is the persistent and empathetic management of suffering.

 

The final thing you want to address is why specifically you want to join an accelerated program. Simply saying that you want to save time (the real reason for many applicants) can backfire. Instead, if you have an application with lots of medical and science extracurricular activities, you can speak about why those activities solidified your desire to do medicine.

 

Otherwise, if your resume is more balanced, you can resort to saying that you are committed to medicine because you already spent high school exploring other fields and have ruled out other possibilities. In the end, probably your most compelling argument for entering the accelerated program will be the level of maturity and thoughtfulness that you demonstrate in your essay as a whole.

I am afraid this might be too generic, but I am reluctant to actually research particular professors and classes since I feel like that would almost be lying. It is really not because I'm lazy but because its not the professors and classes that appeal to me but the spirit of free curriculum. But anyway, it would be really great if someone can give this a read and let me know if it's ok. Thanks so much! :)

Please tell us more about your interest in Brown: Why does Brown appeal to you as a college option? Who or what has influenced your decision to apply? (1000 characters)

I have no personal connections with Brown. Neither of my parents went to school in the U.S., and I have no siblings. My search for college solely depended on the information I could gather and what I saw when I visited. Certainly, Brown qualifies as what everyone calls a "prestigious institute". Without a doubt, Brown hosts a student body of the most talented, the most driven, and the most genuine. But what I saw at Brown constitute not only of all those things but the ambiance of freedom and responsibility, a seemingly paradoxical education system that allows maturation and growth with little boundaries. The balance between independence and guidance would allow me to thrive and create my own niche, while keeping me on track so that I will be ready for the approaching future. Brown is an intellectual community that would not only allow me to interact with students who share the raw and sincere passion I have for learning but also give me the liberal arts education tailored to my dreams

I think you can almost entirely get rid of the first five sentences. You don't need to tell us that you aren't personally connected to Brown or that it's a prestigious institute. Don't try to make excuses for what doesn't draw you there, just focus on what does attract you to the school.

Your answer to "Why Brown?" is essentially "The balance between independence and guidance." The spirit of free curriculum, as you said very nicely. Maybe expand a little on why that fits your style of learning? Perhaps you've done a project under loose restrictions that's worked really well?

You don't have to research specific professors, but it might be nice to be more specific about Brown's programs. Make this essay unique. If you want this to help boost your chances of getting in, you're going to have to stand out among the other applicants answering this same question.

This supplement is strong without a doubt, but like the above, you don't need to praise Brown as "prestigious", they already know that. When it's asking "Why Brown", they want more you not more them. Why do YOU want to, ask youself, who what where when how and why questions about Brown and how it will benefit your life. I hope i helped and good luck!

Revision! Yay!

Is this slightly better?

Certainly, Brown qualifies as what everyone calls a "prestigious institute" and without a doubt it hosts a student body of the most talented, the most driven, and the most genuine. But what I saw at Brown during my visit constitute not only f academic excellence but the ambiance of freedom and responsibility, a seemingly paradoxical education system that allows maturation and growth with little boundaries. I have always been an adventurous learner who chooses her own paths within the limit of exploration. The balance between independence and guidance would allow me to thrive and create my own niche, while keeping me on track so that I will be ready for the approaching future. Brown is an intellectual community that would not only allow me to interact with students who share the raw and sincere passion I have for learning but also give me the liberal arts education tailored to my aspirations. Meanwhile, I hope to become an addition to this community with everything I can offer.

What I saw at Brown during my visit consisted not only of academic excellence but also of an ambiance of freedom and responsibility, a seemingly paradoxical education system that allows maturation and growth with little boundaries.

Brown is an intellectual community that would not only allow me---> oh, no, not another "not only but also" sentence! Only use one of those in this brief essay...

Of course it is an intellectual community. Of course you hope to become an addition to this community with everything you can offer. Don't say things that are obvious!

:-)

It will be better if you tell them something unique about your personal philosophy and approach you your chosen field.

Revisions:

Please tell us more about your interest in Brown: Why does Brown appeal to you as a college option? Who or what has influenced your decision to apply? (1000 characters)

What I saw at Brown during my visit constitutes not only academic excellence but also the ambiance of freedom and responsibility, a seemingly paradoxical education system that allows maturation and growth with little boundaries. I have always been an adventurous learner who chooses her own paths within the limit of exploration. The balance between independence and guidance would allow me to thrive and create my own niche, while keeping me on track so that I will be ready for the approaching future. From my conversations with current Brown students, I have really come to appreciate that Brown students learn for the sake of learning. Brown is an intellectual community that would not only allow me to interact with students who share the sincere passion I have for learning but also to balance my pursuit of medicine with a broad liberal arts background. I believe that with my initiative, maturity, and self-confidence, I can make every day of the next four years count at Brown University.

Why are you drawn to the academic fields you indicated in the Anticipated Degree and Academic Interest questions above? (1000 characters)

Today, the world population is estimated at 6,800,000,000, and I make up only one individual out of such an immense and growing denominator. Because one human life can seem so infinitesimal, I have set for myself the goal to find the proof of my existence. When I realized my passion for Biology, I also realized that medicine would not only allow me to pursue my passion but also to find such proof, for every decision a doctor makes can make an impact on another's life. I wish to be the one to fight chances and deliver hope by using what I know. Another field that also appeals to my interest is environmental science. Being someone who holds a spiritual enthusiasm for nature, I see it as my personal mission to combat anything that might threaten its fragile beauty. In addition, environmental problems often result in other negative consequences. To be more educated in environmental science, I would be able to improve human health by reducing air pollution and water contamination.



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