Notice how in this example things didn’t go according to the author’s plan, but it’s not the school’s fault; it’s just the way things turned out.But that’s not always the case, and sometimes you honestly just want out.“My expectations were not met, this was NOT the plan (and I’m not saying it’s the school’s fault but honestly I just don’t want to be here anymore)” Example: Initially, Drake Colonial University stood out to me for its culinary arts program and I looked forward to working side-by-side with top-rated chefs, experimenting with gastronomy and Sous-vide and finding others who shared my geeky passion for Transglutaminase. First of all, because there may be a lot more emotions wrapped up in your decision to transfer than in the two examples mentioned above. ) before letting us know specifically what she found instead: theory instead of hands-on (boo) limited access to experimentation (aw) no other Transglutaminase nerds (I am sad). Ask yourself, What would a dream job be--even if it isn’t your only dream job, and even if you aren’t 100% certain that this is what you’d like to do--and use it as a placeholder, like these students did...Unfortunately, my experience after arriving differed greatly from the one I’d imagined in at least three important ways: 1) the DCU culinary arts program was focused much more on the theory of cooking than actual cooking (all my finals last year, for example, took place in a classroom using pen and paper rather than in a kitchen); 2) access to supplies and facilities was extremely limited and most were off-limits to underclassmen, and 3) no one here had even heard of Transglutaminase. As a result, some part of you might honestly feel that it IS the school’s fault you’re so unhappy and some part of you may actually want to talk crap about the school. It won’t make you look better or smarter—it’ll just sound like you’re complaining. So in that example above the author first lets us know what she expected (hands on! Why it can be useful to clarify what your expectations were: Side note: Actually, I guess it is kinda’ like talking about an ex, but instead of saying “He was awful because of X,” you’re framing it in a positive way, saying in effect, “It’s not his fault, I just realized I was looking for Y.” (And, hopefully, your reader will be like, “Ooh!! ”) And sometimes, let’s be honest, we didn’t know what we were looking for until we got the opposite. And by reframing everything you’ve been involved in since graduating high school (even the tough stuff) as preparation for your big awesome future. Example 1: I’m particularly concerned about beauty waste because I am morally disturbed by the fact that my personal grooming is damaging the environment for everyone.”For more “Why us” resources: Click here for a three-part post on How to Write a “Why Us” Essay.Or click here for a Complete Guide to the “Why Us” Essay.Each person sits the same distance from the center as we listen to my little sister’s attempt at hopscotch from earlier that day with as much interest as my Dad’s stories about his patient with Atherosclerosis. Before I could even walk, my parents instilled in me a love for history.And thanks to their passion for travel, much of my early education was experiential.By 14 I’d climbed the caverns of Mykonos and by 16 I’d walked barefoot through India and jogged along the Great Wall of China.Though moving around wasn’t always easy, travel gave me the opportunity to become more adaptable and resourceful, and I came to embrace differences as not only normal but exciting.So you can write an essay for School X, then submit to School X.Then go back into your Common App, copy and paste in the essay for School Y, then submit to School Y. WARNING: If you choose to use this method, you MUST make sure not to submit the wrong essay to the wrong school.