When applying early decision to the college of your dreams, it is more important than ever to have an incredible admissions essay. The key to convincing the admissions officer that you truly want to attend this school is to give very specific praise. Avoid generic praise such as “prominent faculty,” “exciting courses” and “amazing student groups” as those could be used with any school. If you want to study political science, find the department website so that you can tell the reader which seminars thrill you, which professors impress you and which research labs or student groups you would join. Bonus points if you mention an internships program you would pursue during the summer or any community-based programs that are truly unique. To get some specific ideas, Google the name of the university along with search terms such as “student groups,” “faculty political science,” and “internship.” Once you’re done, you’ll have a truly convincing and memorable application essay. Good luck!