One of my greatest talents in life is my capability for empathy. I have found I am able to calm friends and loved ones, and listen to their hardships and troubles in a way that makes them feel better when they’re finished. This talent has given me a lot of insight into the human condition, and is why I believe I will excel as a Psychology major in university.
I discovered my capacity for empathy quite by accident. As a young girl, I often found myself the one all of my friends would turn to for consolation or to get a load of their chests. Without mentioning it to each other, my circle of friends knew I was the “designated empathy,” or the person who could understand why they felt the way they felt, and tell them what they needed to feel better. This came without any training, of course, but instead seemed like a natural outgrowth of my personality.
One experience stands out in my mind as exemplary of this talent. In middle school, my best friend’s father died of a heart attack. My friend was devastated and didn’t answer her phone for days. I went over to her house after school and threw pebbles at her window until she invited me inside. She cried on my shoulder, sobbing about how she would never see her father again, or hear his stories, or smell his aftershave. She realized she would miss all the small things that a little girl never notices about her Dad until he’s gone. She thought she’d never be happy again.
I listened to everything she said, hugging her close and wiping away her tears. I told her she’d always have the memories, and that’s all any of us ever have. We talked all evening and by nightfall she was smiling again. I realized for the first time that I could help people out of their darkest places, and a Psychology degree could train me to do just that as a career.
The author of prompt #2 has an extremely touching story about helping her friend after the death of a loved one, and how that experience convinced the author that she could be a psychologist and help people as a career. The experience and stories are very moving and effective. However, the author goes in to too much detail with her anecdote and fails to give enough attention to the final part of the prompt. She wants to study psychology, but simply being good with people is not enough to fully relate her experience to her goals. She should have given multiple examples of why psychology is her true calling.
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In order to write an effective response, it is important to understand why Tufts University is asking this. Students typically apply to several colleges, so this question is meant to see how serious the applicant is about attending the school. When answering this question, you should be asking yourself, why would I rather attend Tufts as opposed to any other college?
This mindset will help you discover unique reasons that make Tufts stand out from other universities. It is very important to be specific with this response. If you can replace the word Tufts with the name of another school, then it needs to be refined further to include Tufts-exclusive details.
For example, if there is a specific program that Tufts specializes in, such as the International Relations program, definitely mention that. The nature of the program itself does not have to be unique, but the descriptions about it have to provide unique insight that is not applicable to any other school. For instance, International Relations itself is not an exclusive course of study; in fact, Stanford, the University of California-Davis, and the University of Southern California all offer such a major in their undergraduate program.
However, only Tufts requires a capstone component which can be fulfilled through intensive seminars in one’s chosen concentration or directed research mentored by one of the professors. Therefore, when citing the International Relations program as one of Tuft’s allures, it is insufficient to mention its prestige; instead, discuss how the capstone project will allow you to develop your perspective on the tensions between world superpowers under the seasoned guidance of Professor Hitchner.
Because of the restrictive word limit, choose one aspect and describe it in an in-depth manner. The most important thing is to demonstrate how your personal strengths can contribute to that unique facet of Tufts. Doing so allows the admissions officers to understand that you are a good fit for the school, not just the other way around.