Why Wellesley

When choosing a college, you are choosing an intellectual community and a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. To this end, the Board of Admission is interested in knowing your reasons for applying to Wellesley College and how Wellesley will help you to realize your personal and academic goals.

The alarm clock rang furiously at six-thirty in the morning. Impatiently turning it off, I realized I had a horrible stomachache. The women’s choir had been preparing for weeks on end for this concert at Wellesley College and there was no way I would miss it. It’s a good thing I didn’t. After spending a night at Wellesley College with members of the choir, I knew that this was the place for me. Even through two days of sickness, I was able to get a sense of what kinds of women attend Wellesley. These women are creative, determined, but most of all, they are individuals. This is exactly the kind of woman I strive to be. Because of one night with the choir and many conversations with my sister, I have come to the conclusion that discussing current events is a very common thing at Wellesley, whether it is about politics, entertainment, or religion. This is the perfect place and opportunity for me to realize my ambitions and opinions as a young woman, and to learn to support my own beliefs. Wellesley is an environment where women are not afraid to speak their minds, but they do so with great modesty. After spending almost four years in a public high school with nearly fifteen-hundred students, one can lose some of the individual attention from teachers that may help one’s success, or the competitiveness that prepares one for the real world. At Wellesley, all of these advantages can be renewed. Because I hold a strong interest in psychology and other scientific studies, I am looking for a college like Wellesley that has a strong science program. With professors that are solely dedicated to teaching undergraduates, it provides the guidance and attention that every student needs to fully succeed. With all of these characteristics, I will be able to realize my academic goals of becoming a psychiatrist, surgeon or pediatrician. If I find another interest in the course of my four years in college, Wellesley, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, can provide me with the chance to explore other subjects without difficulties. It is a place where I will not be afraid to take risks. Throughout high school, I have always strived to maintain a balance between academics and extracurricular activities, such as music and sports. At Wellesley, I will have the chance to incorporate these special aspects of my life into my goals of developing my individualism within a strong community. Music has always played a large role in my life, from taking piano lessons, leading an a capella group, participating in the high school choir, and writing and recording my own compositions. I never intend to lose my connection with music, and Wellesley can help me with the opportunity to realize how serious I want to go with my vocal interests and piano playing with its several acapella groups, Wellesley College Choir, and many other student groups. In addition to music, sports are activities that I have always participated in since I was in kindergarten. Even though I have no intention of taking sports to a professional level, Wellesley presents many different athletic choices. With a strong passion to continue playing tennis somewhat competitively, I have the option of competing at a varsity level, or opting to simply use the plethora of sports facilities available. Students have also organized intramural sports in order to sustain athletic interests. I will be able to keep myself physically as well as mentally fit. Wellesley is the place where I can be guided, and also taught to develop a sense of individualism to realize and fulfill all my aspirations.

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