My Two Passions

Please submit a one-page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen your major, department or program.

As a young aficionado of poetry and prose, I would love to develop my skills through a disciplined and distinguished writing program; Carnegie Mellon’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers just that. Believing one must be a great reader before becoming a great writer, I indulge in books of every genre to expand my range of knowledge, and I think this has made writing my forte. The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing offered by the English department at CMU offers a similar range, with a curriculum comprised of fiction, screen writing, playwriting, nonfiction, and poetry.

The faculty and students alike of the Creative Writing major improve each other’s abilities by utilizing extensive critique in workshops. Although I have had the honor of being granted international, national, and state awards for my writing, there is still much I can learn from fellow writers. These workshops allow classmates to feed off each other’s strengths in a mutually beneficial connection. With as renowned and accomplished a group of professors as at Carnegie Mellon, students are more equipped than ever to succeed in academia as well as in the real world. They also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with talented professors to...

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