The key to writing a good secondary application essay is by correctly answering the question, being creative, unique, and thoughtful. Too often applicants do not actually answer the question that is asked. If the question is asking you what makes you unique, do not write an essay about your upbringing without specifically what from your upbringing makes you unique! Also, many people write extremely generic responses without really expanding on their responses. For example, if you are trying to answer the “why do you want to come to this school” question, it is not enough to say “because I am really excited about your global health program and unique curriculum”. You have to mention what about their global health program you are excited about. The same goes for if you mention their curriculum. Whenever you answer a question, you must try your best to explain why!