Tufts: Undergraduate Edification

"Education does not accomplish anything if it does not stretch your mind, if it does not force you to think about things in different ways, if it does not challenge you to examine some of your assumptions," writes Provost Jamshed Bharucha in Tufts' admissions viewbook. Describe the aspects of Tufts' curriculum or undergraduate program that prompted your application to the university's Class of 2010.

Offering a wide array of courses, Tufts University is an institution where I can pursue my diverse interests in satisfying detail. The esteemed professors, exemplary facilities, and noble mission of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy create an undergraduate environment in which I can immerse myself in international relations. Furthermore, the international makeup of the student body creates a worldly perspective that provides a valuable supplement to classroom study.

Tufts' formidable linguistic programs are yet another appealing feature of its academic repertoire. My interest in global studies naturally breeds a potent desire to learn languages. Furthermore, as an American-Israeli, I maintain a strong desire to master Hebrew; Tufts' lauded Hebrew program is a rare commodity among elite American universities.

In stark contrast to gargantuan universities--overrun by teaching assistants and characterized by enormous lecture halls--Tufts offers an atmosphere of familiarity in which professors and students interact on a more personal level. This creates a highly engaging classroom environment, characterized by class discussions and one-on-one consultations. It is in this exceptional educational framework that I...

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