Date:18.06.2016, 11:23 Now you dont really answer either of the questions here. You dont answer the specific question posed and you dont tell the admissions folk what else they need to know. You avoid answering the specific question posed (which characteristic appeals most. Then explain whats so important to you about X and then, crucially, explain in a simple, concrete way how that relates to your decisions about your future academic career and how you intend to pursue it. With this in mind, which of these characteristics appeal most to you, and why? (must be 500 words or less) I have learned through my personal experiences thus far that each new day represents a new opportunity for learning. The gist of that review was: tell the admissions committee what they need to know to decide if youre going to be a good student, not just what they need to know to decide if youre going to be a good.