|By Jimjunior (Jimjunior) on Sunday, November 09, 2003 - 06:26 pm: Edit|
The Harvard Common App supplement says that writing another essayis optional. Just how optional is it? Will it hurt me if I choose not to write it?
|By Sidestoner (Sidestoner) on Sunday, November 09, 2003 - 08:16 pm: Edit|
I'd write the essay. Unless Harvard is like your tenth choice, which I doubt.
|By Steffie1212002 (Steffie1212002) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 06:44 pm: Edit|
I didn't write an optional essay. Just make sure your first essay is good. :D Quality, not quantity.
|By Sidestoner (Sidestoner) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 06:49 pm: Edit|
Steffie: That's too bad, I think they mean "optional" in the same sense that applying is "optional."
|By Canadian_Idol (Canadian_Idol) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 07:38 pm: Edit|
I wrote the two essays and wrote a mini-essay for the activities question in the common app.
|By Metz (Metz) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 07:45 pm: Edit|
A Dartmouth adcom (in "A is for Admission") said that it was literally optional. You really shouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason to. It won't hurt your chances to not do it. Of course that was for Dartmouth, but I doubt it would be different for Harvard.
|By Tweety620 (Tweety620) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 09:19 pm: Edit|
IT IS OPTIONAL! Unless it is really good, don't send it. Thats what a Harvard adcom said to me, and my counselors say the same thing
|By O71394658 (O71394658) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 09:28 pm: Edit|
Some books say that you shouldn't do it unless you have something to say. Other books say it isn't really optional.
|By Steffie1212002 (Steffie1212002) on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 11:15 pm: Edit|
Er, put yourself in the adcom's shoes. Do you REALLY want to read another essay? Not unless it will shed something drastically new or amazing about the applicant, which 99% of the time, doesn't happen. Most essays are self-serving pieces of garbage... just from CC, I've counted about 10 that talk about how math has changed my life, how working with kids has made me a better person, blahddy blahddy blah.
|By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 12:10 am: Edit|
If I decide to do the "optional" essay I will probably just take their suggestion and submit a list of books I have read over the past 12 months. I feel that that sort of list would give a better example of the kind of person I am than an additional essay. Plus I really don't want to have to write another essay because I need that like I need a hole in the head with the ridiculous workload at my school, not to mention the other college essays (which I tend to be a perfectionist about and spend ludicrous amounts of time on) I have to write. I would much rather not go insane this year than get into Harvard.
|By Jimjunior (Jimjunior) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 02:58 am: Edit|
well, right now I am leaning towards not submitting it, although I might do that list thing because I already have the list for Columbia's app
|By Canadian_Idol (Canadian_Idol) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 05:42 pm: Edit|
Well actually, my optional essay DID contain information that I wanted the adcoms to know. If you are given a chance to better represent yourself as a unique individual, why not take it?
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