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In my university application essay, I would like to indicate that by getting admission into the university, I'll "gain access" to the university's rich cultures and traditions, which are over a hundred years old.

"Gain access" sounds overtly technical than the friendly tone I need. I thought of words like "inherit" but I don't think they fit the case here, because just by getting admitted to the university I'm not going to literally "own" all of their traditions ^_^

What's a good word in this case? Thanks!

  • have access to is enough. – Lambie Dec 11 '17 at 13:18
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"Gain access" sounds overtly technical than the friendly tone I need.

I agree. Really, you gain access to people or things. Cultures are more abstract.

I thought of words like "inherit" but I don't think they fit the case here, because just by getting admitted to the university I'm not going to literally "own" all of their traditions

I agree as well. Inherit means "to receive by being born in" so it doesn't work.

Try these:

I'll be able to immerse myself in the university's rich cultures and traditions, which are over a hundred years old.

I'll gain exposure to the university's rich cultures and traditions, which are over a hundred years old.

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