Surprisingly, one of the more frequently asked questions that I receive from students and parents is this: Should I write the optional supplemental essay?
Imagine you’re in one of your more difficult classes at school- and your teacher has graciously offered a few optional extra credit questions on an exam that is worth 50% of your final grade. In order to maximize your score, would you take a stab at the optional extra credit or would you leave it? Hopefully the answer is pretty clear.
Supplemental essays are used by colleges to gauge the applicants’ interests and background in addition to the information provided in the Common Application. The same concept illustrated in the above scenario applies to the supplemental essay question- in order to maximize your chances of being accepted into an university, you should ALWAYS write their optional supplemental essays. By not taking that extra step to tell the college more about yourself, you are doing yourself a disservice and indirectly telling the colleges that you just don’t care that much. Always write the optional supplemental essay. Psst- It’s not really that optional.
So, what makes a good and effective supplemental essay?
Short answer: One that shows how your background, interests, and ideals are aligned with the college. Our next week’s newsletter will show you exactly HOW effective essays do this.
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