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Common App Supplemental Essay (2016-17) - Vassar College
Prompt: How did you learn about Vassar and what aspect of our college do you find appealing? (350 words maximum)

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On a beautiful fall day, my parents and I left our home in Western Massachusetts and ventured down Route 87, not knowing what we would find at Vassar. Sure, I had heard of the college for years; my neighbor graduated from Vassar and conducts alumni interviews every year. I knew that famous women in the arts had graduated from Vassar, including author Mary McCarthy, Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Emmy winner Lisa Kudrow.
While I love the arts, here's a key difference: I'm a guy. Would Vassar still be stuck in a women-only mindset? Would there be too much pink and not enough blue? I wondered. But my fears were quickly allayed once we settled into the Information Session at Kautz Admissions House and I spied several prospective male students.
Of course, college is first and foremost about academics. I am currently taking AP Psychology at my high school, and I see it as the beginning of a journey for me. I was always fascinated by human behavior. With the classical theorists and fundamentals complete, I can go to Vassar ready to absorb all I can during lectures in Olmstead Hall. I am thrilled that the department values research, which I am anxious to begin. I can see myself in the new labs and observational areas to study behavior; while I'm far from Western Massachusetts, I'll be at home in New England Hall. When our tour guide, Zack, showed us the site of the future Integrated Science Center, I was sold!
When not studying, I like to unwind with sports, particularly basketball and biking. Zack told us that Vassar fields a very competitive men's basketball team and very deliberately switched its uniform colors from rose to red some years ago. I can see myself playing three-on-three intramural hoops and also cheering on the Brewers at the Athletics and Fitness Center. I would be among the many students using Vassar bikes and stopping by the popular Bike Shop, founded and staffed by (mostly) Vassar guys.
Looking back on our initial drive to Vassar, I can't believe I had any doubts. Psychology, basketball, and biking are part of the tightly knit Vassar community. I hope I get to experience it all as a member of the Class of 2021.
 

 
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