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Tips on Cornell’s New Short Answer “Legacy” Essay Question

Christine Sneva, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Johnson School at Cornell University, provides a series of tips about Cornell’s new short answer “legacy” essay question just in time for the Round 1 deadline of October 12, 2011.

How Do Your Personal and Professional Goals Fit?

  • There isn’t a “wrong” answer or way to approach this question.
  • Focus on how your personal and professional goals fit into the Cornell/Johnson community:
    • If you’re interested in consulting, for example, focus on Big Red Incubator and the school’s consulting passport
    • If you’re targeting investment banking, think about Old Ezra or asset management, the Cayuga Fund
  • Think about ways you want to be involved with Cornell/Johnson’s many student clubs and/or social organizations
  • Describe how you will continue to be involved with the School as alumni

Understand the Importance of Community to Cornell

Being successful at The Johnson School requires you to understand the importance of community to the culture and daily life within the school. Quoting Christine Sneva directly:

The important piece is linking yourself to our community. It is one of our pillars which emphasizes the kind of culture we have at Johnson. It is something we protect and distinguishes us from our peers. Johnson is the type of community that will give whatever it takes to help a colleague, classmate, and friend. Whether you are looking to connect with senior or recent alumni, current students, or faculty, someone is always willing to help. It is a rewarding, fun, and supportive network.

More Information

You can read more from Christine’s post by clicking here .

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