Maria Corr gives us a chance to get to know University of Pittsburgh a little bit better!
The University of Pittsburgh is the home of the Pitt Panthers: 35,000 students that live and breathe blue and gold.
Walking around the campus under the shadow of the 42-story Cathedral of Learning feels like home to all—Pitt is the perfect blend of city and suburban life. The city of Pittsburgh, itself, is the perfect location for a university; students have easy access to stores for shopping, restaurants for eating, and concert halls for musical performances, as well as neighboring colleges and universities for mingling and student-involvement off-campus.
While it was not always my plan to apply to Pitt, I visited this past summer, and fell in love with the school. During my tour, I discovered multiple reasons why I could see myself as a Pitt Panther. To share some of those reasons with you, below is my response to the application supplement question, “Why is Pitt a good choice for you?”:
“I know myself. I know I need stimulating, motivating and creative people to inspire me. I am confident that the respected and honored Pitt faculty will reinforce my passion for working hard and learning. I know I need to be on a campus whose borders blur into the adjacent city. The university’s unique location gives me the best of both worlds—allowing me to access urban and suburban life. I know I thrive on opportunities hiding around every corner—ones I don’t even know exist yet. With over 450 student organizations, I look forward to finding groups that inspire me, and using those organizations to discover new interests and talents at Pitt. I know I want a university that is internationally renown, yet close to home. It is comforting to know that Pitt is 307 miles from home; I will be close enough to family, but far away enough to be able to grow as an individual. I know I need peers who bleed their school colors, who embrace the accomplishments of their fellow students, and who wear their spirit on their sleeves. I am excited to become a Pitt Panther, and to immerse myself into the spirited student body. I know I want to meet people from other states and countries so that I can broaden my cultural and academic perspectives. Pitt’s Diversity Statement proves to me how committed the university is to creating a strong community that embraces people’s differences. I know Pitt has a thriving performing arts community, and that my college experience would be incomplete if I were not a part of that community. I know I want to teach high school English, and that Pitt’s Master of Arts in Teaching program dovetails perfectly with my career aspirations. I know myself—and I know that Pitt is a perfect fit for me. “
Maria Corr | CB South High School
Last year we had some local seniors from CB West and CB South who were VERY excited to get into The University of Pittsburgh!
Above and below Right, Kayla Albert: CB West