|By jprin on Sunday, December 08, 2002 - 02:15 am: Edit|
On the Common App, on the personal statement, it says that the essay is 250-500 words. I've revised and revised my essay, but I can't get it close to 500. I'm afraid that if I shorten it even more, I'll be taking away from the meaning. How important is sticking to the word limit?
|By Bucephalus on Sunday, December 08, 2002 - 11:49 pm: Edit|
My essay for the common application had 586 words and I kept it that way. I don't think admissions officers fret over the exact length too much. The 250-500 word limit is just given as an approximation so that kids don't write 10 page autobiographies. (My essay was 1 and three quarters of a page double spaced.)
|By dotmom on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 05:29 pm: Edit|
I read somewhere that the Common App will truncate anything over 500 words.
|By duh on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 11:59 pm: Edit|
you guys aren't being concise if you have problems meeting the length limit
|By _0_ on Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 08:42 pm: Edit|
And how will admissions officers do that dotmom? Count to the 500th word and completely disregard any that follow? I doubt it. Seems to me that that would be a serious waste of their time.
|By asdfasfd on Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 08:49 pm: Edit|
I'm not sure who said this, but some really famous writer opened a letter to one of his friends with, "I would have made it shorter, but I didn't have enough time."
|By R on Friday, December 13, 2002 - 05:57 pm: Edit|
Don't worry about word limit. It's crap, it really is. I've even read quotes by admissions counselors, "the guidelines are only for those who need them." Now, don't go sending in a 10 page novel of your life story, but I can safely say that if you keep it so that it can be read quickly and cleanly, there is no problem. My essay was about 1300 words, but literally took 3 minutes to read. Double spaced it was 4 pages. Looks like NYU didn't mind, cuz they accepted me.
Don't worry about it. It really doesn't matter =) (at least, for NYU it didn't. I don't know if its more strict at other schools).
|By jprin on Saturday, December 14, 2002 - 12:35 am: Edit|
|By Montreal on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 02:37 am: Edit|
Mine was 238 words... but i got deffered from Harvard, so don't take my advice!!!
|By pãezinho on Saturday, December 28, 2002 - 07:48 pm: Edit|
my essay is 1039 words! i tried to save it on the common app online... but it got cut in half..the textbox only fit around 639 words or something...1800 characters. I was SO nervous, but then I put the other half in the additional information section.
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