Cornell Applied Economics And Management Essay

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Cornell prompt: How have your interests and related experiences influenced the major you have selected in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)- Cornell

My Primary Choice College/School:Agriculture and Life Sciences

Anticipated major: Applied Economics and Management(entrepreneurship concentration)

NOTES: Unfortunately, I don't think its unique enough/ too much tell, not much show. Ending could use a bit help. Can anyone help me with my grammer/ word choice as well as edit/ add/ delete anything that seems wrong/ could be better? I didn't want to really name many programs at Cornell business school and how they will help me because it is not part of the prompt. All I did was tell the story of my experiences in business, and why it powered my passion for entrepreneurship, and then wrap it up with saying "Oh how much I love Cornell and what I might do there/ why I would fit" in like a couple sentences. I also wanted to make my identity online confidential.

My interest in applied economics and management, specifically entrepreneurship, started when I was in third grade. I rounded up kids in my neighborhood to create a lemonade stand to raise money for our "toy fund." In middle school, I negotiated with Yu-Gi-Oh card dealers at my local gaming store to sell to the students. When I entered high school, I took my interest in entrepreneurship to a whole new level by creating my own business.

"Borderline obsessive" would be my description for my passion for collecting Legos. Through my hundreds of hours scrolling through online Lego databases and retailers, my ability to recognize any Lego set's manufacturing year, price, and theme on the back of my hand is one of my proudest quirks. After amassing a Lego collection that spread across the basement floor, I had a desire to showcase my work online. With a click of a button, my first YouTube channel was created.

After watching a few Lego videos on YouTube, I was inspired to create videos of my at-the-time meagre Lego collection in order to gain some attention. I realized that for many YouTube Lego fans, it was not the videos about Lego sets that were the most interesting, but the Lego minifigure collections. These minifigures, less than an inch in size, were quite costly and sought after. Sensing an opportunity, I decided to dedicate my freshman year building a business by selling Lego minifigures.

It was at this point that my YouTube channel was not doing so well. After struggling for the first three months due to a lack of video views, I realized that I had to come up with a fresh idea. I put in extra effort by meticulously painting custom Star Wars minifigures to sell and review online. Although painting each minifigure was painstaking work, I was able to gain subscribers and revenue by reviewing each minifigure, and then immediately selling them above their usual price. This process would be the beginning of my prospective career on YouTube.

My interest in business soon matured after my initial success with my custom minifigures. At thirteen, I had no job, and I was ecstatic about my first profit. Realizing that this was what made me tick, I endeavored to increase my video views and sales. Using my negotiating skills, I purchased bulk minifigures far below market price from international distributers on Bricklink and other sites. Working with other YouTube entrepreneurs, my videos on custom minifigures and collections attracted thousands of subscribers and millions of viewers. I have since gained skills regarding setting up a small business and found monetary success over the last four years. What had started out as a summer project has become my pride and passion.

Because of my experiences, I am fascinated by entrepreneurship. Finding business opportunities and ways to tackle problems excites me. My Legos have provided me with the building blocks to my future, developing my business skills and ability to create networks. However, I plan to pass on my torch of business knowledge to the communities that I will belong. This year, I have created my own Entrepreneurship Club at school in order to unify my passion for business and for bettering others by teaching students how to build their own start-ups. Now as walk this path to business, I plan to give back to the community.

At Dyson, the AEM program would provide me an opportunity and environment to pursue my greatest interest. Dyson's AEM program meets everything I have been looking for, such as classes on pre-startup skills to management theory, which would allow me to garner the skills necessary to create and manage a company successfully. I would also be able to work on my start-up while continuing my education. My competitive edge would be stimulated with competitions like the Cornell Venture Challenge and the Big Idea challenge. I look forward to finding the right business team synergizing with them by combining our skills and creating startup companies at the Cornell Entrepreneur Organization. All my experiences, combined with my passion for business, will help me grow as a student at Cornell.

I like the overall of your text.. it is really unique and it certainly has to do with entrepreneurship. However, I agree with grcpark7 when she said that you should talk a little bit more about the major your interested, specifically on this school. If I were you, I would delete some portions of the text bcause even though the story is interesting and unique, you spent a lot of time talking about your entrepreneurship inclination, rather than saying what really makes the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University appealing to you. I would expand on the (HOW CAN/ SHOULD I ADD ANY OF THIS) paragraph and link sprinkle more of your actual specific major in the paragraphs. I would focus on WHY Cornell, rather than spend the whole essay talking about your fascination for Legos and your youtube channel! It is a great topic to talk about and an awesome way to catch the reader's attention, but keep in mind that whoever reads your application will be looking for your interest at Cornell, specifically...

great job and I hope this helps

Cornell University is the largest school in the Ivy League and offers a huge range of academic programs. Interested in applying?

Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell University is known for its diverse academic programs and cold weather in upstate NY. Before you think about putting Cornell down on your college list, make sure it really is the best fit for you. 

Think you’d thrive in Cornell’s community and environment? Next, you need to decide which undergraduate college or school you want to apply to. It might be difficult to decide immediately what you want to major in, and  you might change your mind after you enrolling, but there has to be something you are interested in studying! Here are the 8 undergraduate college or school you can apply to:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • College of Architecture, Art and Planning

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • Cornell SC College of Business: Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

  • Cornell SC College of Business: School of Hotel Administration

  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Cornell University’s application only asks for one additional supplemental essay: Why are you interested in studying at Cornell University? Each undergraduate college/school has a specific question you need to answer. The response is limited to 650 words.

So, choose your undergraduate college or school at Cornell and find the essay prompt you need to respond to below:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Why are you drawn to studying the major you have selected? Please discuss how your interests and related experiences have influenced your choice. Specifically, how will an education from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell University help you achieve your academic goals?


Sakilan - Accepted to Cornell University ‘19

“Sakilan! You’re going to miss your stop!” my sister yelled. A ladybug had gotten trapped in the back of our yellow bus, a rare occurrence. I stared at it curiously, anticipating its next movement. I was so engrossed in the bug that I had missed my stop. View her full “Why Cornell” supplemental essay.


College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Describe two or three of your intellectual interests and why you are excited to pursue them within your chosen major in AAP. What personal experiences, background, or future goals will you bring to your scholarly and artistic pursuits at Cornell? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)


bettyyyh - Cornell University ‘15

Civilization is an art in which people are living, interacting, and connecting together. It is a way to harmonize and stabilize the environment and resources distinct to a location. Architecture should exist the same way; it needs to become a system that is engaging and interdependent to the people, the land, and the resources of a location. The world is changing fast, and our lifestyle and architecture needs to keep up. I propose that we begin thinking of architecture in a new way. Buildings and spaces not only house us, but also shape and change us. Our relationships and interactions are molded by architecture and the spaces which are part of our physical, social, economic, and political surroundings. View her full Cornell application file. 

College of Arts and Sciences

Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests?


Yoso - Cornell University ‘19

The traffic light turns orange. It’s about to become red. With only seconds to act, accessing sensory signals from the eye, your brain quickly calculates the intensity of the push of your foot and acceleration at which you need to stop in time. Then it orders your muscles to press down on the brake. Your timing is perfect. Unlock his full Cornell application file!


College of Engineering

Cornell Engineering celebrates innovative problem solving that helps people, communities…the world. Consider your ideas and aspirations and describe how a Cornell Engineering education would allow you to leverage technological problem-solving to improve the world we live in.


Cornell2021 - Cornell University ‘21

People in my community believe the only way to be successful is to pursue medicine or engineering and arts are looked down upon here.I have a science background but am also interested in the deeper questions of existence, such as one encounters in philosophy. I don’t want to let go of my passions. Instead, I want to study at Cornell, where, far from being looked down upon, interdisciplinary study that includes the liberal arts are treasured through its unique independent study option, independent major, and distributional requirement system which will give me freedom in designing my curriculum and will let me explore a wide range of fields, from philosophy to literature. Continue reading his Why Cornell supplemental essay. 

College of Human Ecology

How have your experiences influenced you to apply to the College of Human Ecology? How will your choice of major impact your goals and plans for the future?


Riya957 - Cornell University ‘19

I decided I wanted to become a doctor when I was seven years old. I want to care for the most vulnerable. I developed this urge after I experienced a family friend’s death, especially after seeing overcrowded Elmhurst Hospital in New York. Since then, my interest in the sciences, especially biology, grew. View her full “Why Cornell” supplemental essay. 


School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course,service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests.


Maxw2021 - Cornell University ‘21

Like the Strait, I’m a fluid connective body, but instead of serving as natural barrier or political divide, I seek to reconcile strained relations. Given my strong interests in cross-cultural mediation, inclination to manage disputes, coursework in interdisciplinary social sciences, and leadership and employment positions, I seek “to solve human problems [and] manage and resolve conflicts” within Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). Read his full “Why Cornell” supplemental essay!

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business: Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

How have your interests and experiences influenced your decision to study Applied Economics and Management? Describe how you would take advantage of the Dyson School’s unique opportunities, for example, its affiliation with both the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Andrew.b - Cornell University ‘18

“The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 turned my life in the right direction.” Who, outside of certain savvy Wall Street investors, ever makes that statement? I do. I did not make exorbitant amount of money like they did at the time. I was, after all, only an eighth grader. More importantly to me, the salient feature of the crisis was not how some profited, but how most suffered. The crisis challenged me to a new level of empathy and introduced me to the world of finance and economics as I began looking into what caused the collapse. Subprime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, and credit default swaps were foreign terms to me, but that was about to change. Watching business and financial documentaries became common late-night practice. Could I someday know enough to make a difference? I was alive with purpose. I was hooked. Unlock his full successful Cornell application file. 

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business: School of Hotel Administration

The global hospitality industry includes hotel and foodservice management, real estate, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, technology, and law. Describe what has influenced your decision to study business through the lens of hospitality. What personal qualities make you a good fit for SHA? 


bweintraub - Cornell University ‘2021

I am an anomaly among my peers. While many of them wrestle with the uncertainty of not knowing what they want to do or be in the future, I have always known. Even in elementary school, when the popular options were superhero or sports legend, I had altogether different aspirations. If you had asked me then, my answer would be the same as it is today: I want to work in the hospitality industry. Unlock his full successful Cornell application file. 


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