Why Penn?

How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)


Although my areas of interest are broad, I am certain of my passion for creativity and design. My ability to think creatively is not only in the visual aesthetic of things, but in using innovative and unorthodox methods of problem solving as well. Ultimately, two paths lay before me—using my knowledge and skills in practical applications such as architecture and graphic design as well as producing innovative ideas in humanities, languages, and sciences—and I love both. I expect to find the necessary guidance in converging these paths through the liberal arts education of the College of Arts & Sciences.

The liberal arts curriculum at the College will give me a breadth of opportunities to thoroughly explore my interests. I believe that learning from a variety of subject areas is of great value to me in a liberal arts education, and Penn acknowledges that we can learn more by creating links between these subjects. Indeed, the Visual Studies major at the College will allow me to draw knowledge from other disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, art history, fine arts, and architecture. The Philosophy of Perception course connects theories of perception with philosophy so that I could better understand why we see and...

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