Hello I am planning to transfer. My current major is mechanical engineering. and I am wondering how should I answer this question for the essay , "Tell us what you would like to major and why, how your past academic or work experience influenced your decision." so, this question asks to talk about academic interest. But my question, what is academic interest? to me, its definition is: "what's your interest in your current or past study". But as a first year mechanical engineering student, what kinds of answer do they expect from me? I am not applying for grad school and I havn't taken any advance materials, all the courses are fundamental, how should I talk about the interest? -I talk to my friend yesterday, they suggest me to look at some research paper, and that will give me an idea. Any suggestion?