theboringest wrote:I was thinking about making a joke about wanting to get away from winters in some of my "Why X school" essays for southern schools...yes/no thoughts? Idk if they'll appreciate the humor or not...
I would say no. It's a bit of a risk for little benefit?
Yeah... I wouldn't... partially because I expect that it's not actually that original and it's probably received far more often than it should be from southern schools.
The Why Xs should probably focus on the specific aspects of the programs. That doesn't mean there isn't room for humor, but many of the statements are short and I've actually been struggling with the length requirements. They are about 25% shorter than what would facilitate really nice short blurbs IMO...
Personally, I am writing something that probably has some slight tinge of humor for why X to my alma mater, and I can forward it to you if you like. Ultimately, it's a Why X about a survey that used to be done biannually about things every undergrad should do before they graduate. It's largely cutesy and superficial crap that contributes to the experience, but it is quite readily apparent those are not key or important determinants of your UG experience... so I use that to basically try to come around and say that I want to go there because I know first hand how much there is to take advantage of and, while I tried desperately to do that for 4 years, there was so much more to get. I have to tweak it, but I do like how it is turning out.
Basically, I wouldn't use any humor in a Why X unless it is a school you have really close ties to and you can connect with the readers on a real emotional level with a humorous tone.
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