chickenfed wrote:It seems that people are treating the Why MSU essay like it is a difficult paper to put out. A lot of schools are asking for these kind of essays. It is meant to show genuine interest in attending the school. Notre Dame is well known for denying students that don't write the Why ND essay, and admitting students with lower numbers that do write the essay. Attrition looks worse on a school than accepting students with lower numbers. In the end, wouldn't you rather be in classes with people that actually want to be there rather than be surrounded by people who are just waiting to transfer?
I don't think anyone is acting like it is difficult in any way. I've written about a dozen of these. At least for me, the MSU essay request was a good way for them to help their attrition without excluding those with higher numbers who have genuine interest. Once I got the essay request, I realized I have no real intention to attend MSU and withdrew. Simple as that. This late in the cycle, I'm not going to write a false essay explaining "Why I want to attend School X" when that particular school isn't even on my short list.