Guidelines: At Villanova we believe that an educational experience should transform hearts and minds. Please explain why you seek to become a part of the Villanova community and the reason(s) behind your choice of academic major. (500-750 words)
My first visit to Villanova was when I was five years old. I went to my first basketball game at the Pavilion to watch the Wildcats. I remember feeling an amazing energy in the air. The stands were filled with thousands of people all cheering and yelling for Villanova. I had never felt that kind of energy before, and I knew that I someday wanted to be part of that electric environment.
Since that first visit, I have made several summer outings to the Villanova campus, and I always felt a positive atmosphere. On my campus tour this past spring, everyone seemed excited to be there. All the students and personnel were friendly and in a good mood. They went out of their way to make me feel comfortable by smiling and saying a quick “Hello” and asking if I needed any help. It was refreshing to be at a place that is so welcoming. I want to be part of that cheerful upbeat spirit.
That kind atmosphere is great for learning. When everyone has a positive attitude, it becomes very easy to look forward to going to class everyday. I will be able to enjoy myself, and in turn, that will motivate me to do well in class. I know that I could thrive in a setting like that. It would be very easy for me to fit in right away and begin my collegiate career. I believe I would be able to have great success in my education at Villanova.
My mother went to Villanova and it had a great positive impact on her life. She earned a B.S. in nursing, which set up her successful nurse practitioner career. She would still be working today if it were not for all my siblings. My mother also made friends at Villanova that are still her friends today. Her Villanova friends, Louise who became a civil engineer and Gabby who became a lawyer, have also had very rewarding careers. In addition, my two uncles are also Villanova alumni. They majored in engineering and math, which resulted in good careers. All of these people I know have been positively affected by a Villanova education. I know Villanova would also lead me to a successful life full of opportunities.
I am most interested in studying engineering. I have always had fun applying my knowledge in order to solve problems. For example, in elementary school we had a math contest throughout the school. Every week we would get a new sheet of word problems to complete in class. Even when I was young, I had a lot of fun trying to crack to the problems. I ended up getting the highest score in the school and winning the contest. Engineering deals with strategic problem solving. I believe I will really enjoy this aspect of engineering. I also think it’s important to help other people. I believe engineering helps people in their everyday lives. One time I designed an automatic dog food dispenser. It didn’t work very well, but I thought it was something that could make life easier for people. A dog food dispenser could only help people on a small scale, but things engineers design can help people on a much bigger scale. Thus, I would be doing something that I enjoy and helping others at the same time. Engineering would be a great major for me. It suits my interests very well.
Villanova has a great engineering program, but most importantly a great setting to learn in. This is what draws me toward Villanova. The atmosphere is unmatched anywhere else. I will be able to flourish in that environment and achieve high goals. I will feel very comfortable and have a good attitude about school. I want to not just be part of, but participate in and contribute to the Villanova community.