I am right now in the process of applying for graduate degrees at some US unis e.g. at Stanford. The major motivation to do this is to set up for technical alignment work and have closer access to the EA bay area community (than I'd have here in Europe). Especially in the light of EA quite rapidly expanding in many countries this year this seems however like a pretty basic motivation: After extensive outreach of EA in general/alignment in particular it seems like a reasonable lower bound that there are at least dozens if not potentially hundreds of students applying with precisely this motivation to stanford grad programmes. Obviously I am writing this in a more refined, specific way but ultimately its not like I'd have an extensive track record in breakthroughs of technical alignment research yet.
Now I'm wondering is interest in alignment/from an EA angle something even worth mentioning in the motivation letter, or is it to be expected that it has become such a basic thing, that it is just useless (or even negatively) impacting my application?