Optional Essays for Safeties?

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Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby icouldbuyu » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:29 pm

Should I submit optional essays for schools where I am over the 75th for GPA and at the 75th for the LSAT?

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby cinefile 17 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:30 pm

Could help for $$$

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby icouldbuyu » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:32 pm

Ok, thanks. If they don't specify the length of the diversity statement, what should be the max length?

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby 1Levening2013 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:41 pm

i'll just chime in on the other side....i did not write a single optional essay (for reach, targets, or safeties). i did not get into my reach, got into targets, got substantial $ from safeties

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby bdubs » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:18 pm

icouldbuyu wrote:Should I submit optional essays for schools where I am over the 75th for GPA and at the 75th for the LSAT?


Do you have something to say or are you just writing them because they will help with scholarships/YP? If you write something that comes across as insincere because the school is just a safety to you I would say don't bother.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby lifestooquick » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:19 pm

bdubs wrote:
icouldbuyu wrote:Should I submit optional essays for schools where I am over the 75th for GPA and at the 75th for the LSAT?


Do you have something to say or are you just writing them because they will help with scholarships/YP? If you write something that comes across as insincere because the school is just a safety to you I would say don't bother.

This. If you have something to say - write the essay. Don't write it just for the sake of writing it.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby HeavenWood » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:24 am

icouldbuyu wrote:Should I submit optional essays for schools where I am over the 75th for GPA and at the 75th for the LSAT?


I would do it; best not to chance being YP'd.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby icouldbuyu » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:23 pm

I decided not to write them because they were still a work in progress. My PS was outstanding and I didn't want to open the possibility of the diversity statement being disappointing relative to my PS. Also I wanted to get the safeties in as soon as possible. I'm writing the optional essays for all my reach schools. I'm a borderline student at Cornell, so I'm hoping my PS and now complete DS will put me over the top. I also wrote a great "why Cornell" essay.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby dakatz » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:26 pm

icouldbuyu wrote:I decided not to write them because they were still a work in progress. My PS was outstanding and I didn't want to open the possibility of the diversity statement being disappointing relative to my PS. Also I wanted to get the safeties in as soon as possible. I'm writing the optional essays for all my reach schools. I'm a borderline student at Cornell, so I'm hoping my PS and now complete DS will put me over the top. I also wrote a great "why Cornell" essay.


Was this "outstanding" PS about your modesty and humility by any chance?

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby icouldbuyu » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:35 pm

dakatz wrote:
icouldbuyu wrote:I decided not to write them because they were still a work in progress. My PS was outstanding and I didn't want to open the possibility of the diversity statement being disappointing relative to my PS. Also I wanted to get the safeties in as soon as possible. I'm writing the optional essays for all my reach schools. I'm a borderline student at Cornell, so I'm hoping my PS and now complete DS will put me over the top. I also wrote a great "why Cornell" essay.


Was this "outstanding" PS about your modesty and humility by any chance?


I'm quoting what the writing center at my school said. Also I had an editor at the NY Times proofread it; he was so impressed that he offered me a job. Is your PS about being a smart ass?

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby dakatz » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:38 pm

icouldbuyu wrote:
dakatz wrote:
icouldbuyu wrote:I decided not to write them because they were still a work in progress. My PS was outstanding and I didn't want to open the possibility of the diversity statement being disappointing relative to my PS. Also I wanted to get the safeties in as soon as possible. I'm writing the optional essays for all my reach schools. I'm a borderline student at Cornell, so I'm hoping my PS and now complete DS will put me over the top. I also wrote a great "why Cornell" essay.


Was this "outstanding" PS about your modesty and humility by any chance?


I'm quoting what the writing center at my school said. Also I had an editor at the NY Times proofread it; he was so impressed that he offered me a job. Is your PS about being a smart ass?


Wasn't the topic per se, but I made sure the subtle intonation was in there. Thanks for asking. Well hey, at least now I can rule out the possibility that this outstanding PS was about your ability to pick up on a joke.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby Veyron » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:56 pm

Me --> Penn $$, NYU $$, Michigan (WL). Guess which one I didn't do the optional essays for.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby dakatz » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:01 pm

I got into a super reach school for which I didn't do the optional essay. And I got waitlisted from a safety to whom I submitted a sincere and specific optional essay. Go figure.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby HeavenWood » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:03 pm

dakatz wrote:I got into a super reach school for which I didn't do the optional essay. And I got waitlisted from a safety to whom I submitted a sincere and specific optional essay. Go figure.


Which safety if you don't mind me asking?

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby dakatz » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:38 pm

HeavenWood wrote:
dakatz wrote:I got into a super reach school for which I didn't do the optional essay. And I got waitlisted from a safety to whom I submitted a sincere and specific optional essay. Go figure.


Which safety if you don't mind me asking?


W&M. Made it sort of an optional essay/DS fusion that I thought gave the whole essay a very personal and specific touch, as opposed to "I really like your new facilities" BS. Same happened with Fordham (though it was a "Why Fordham" essay, as opposed to a school-requested optional essay)

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby The McRib Is Risen » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:41 pm

cinefile 17 wrote:Could help for $$$

TITCR.

The only reason to apply to safeties in the first place is to (1.) have an admission on lockdown and (2.) roll the dice on getting some $. It takes an hour at most to write these essays, and at the very least they'll keep you from getting YPed.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby Cupidity » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:42 pm

Yes, I got WL'd at most schools I was overqualified for.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby The McRib Is Risen » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:43 pm

Cupidity wrote:Yes, I got WL'd at most schools I was overqualified for.

I did too. When BosTTTon College WLed me, I wrote them a LOCI which said only You can't fire me. I quit.

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Re: Optional Essays for Safeties?

Postby HeavenWood » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:53 pm

Cupidity wrote:Yes, I got WL'd at most schools I was overqualified for.


I see you were waitlisted at BC. We're practically numbers twins. I spent a lot of time on the optional essay, but now I'm worried!




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