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Let's talk supplemental essays

application strategy essays Sep 21, 2021
Admissions officers are trained to look for the "fit". Remember this.. the adcomm dude wants to help you but only if you help him/her simplify getting to the details, put everything they need in front. For example, don't just explicitly state the values you have, but instead, with the research into the school values how you fit those like a glove. 
 
That you should be able to make the case for how your candidature fits in. Helps the dude make the case on your behalf.  https://blog.accepted.com/the-schools-culture-mission-fitting-in-standing-out/ 

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The nine types of supplemental essay prompts are:
  • Why Us?
  • Why Major?
  • Community.
  • Leadership!
  • Diversity!
  • Extracurricular!
  • “Quotation”
  • Short answer.
10 Tips for Writing Great Supplemental Essays for College...
  • Ascertain which of your college choices require supplements. ...
  • Read the essay prompt carefully. ...
  • Write about yourself. ...
  • Do not repeat anything from the rest of your Common App or Coalition App. ...
  • Do your homework. ...
  • Recycle your essays the smart way. ...
  • Know there are no optional essays. ...
  • Stay within the word count.