"Why X" essay for ED applicant?

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MissLucky
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"Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby MissLucky » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:33 pm

suppose you are applying to a reach school ED and they do not solicit (or prohibit) "Why X" essays. should I go ahead and write a brief 1 page one or just not write one at all since I am ED? Or should I definitely write one since it's a reach for me?

the reason I feel like i'll have to write a "Why X" essay for the school anyways is because they have a max 2 page limit on the PS and I've reached that limit so there is no room at all for me to include anything personal about the law school (aside from merely mentioning its name once at the end) in the PS - would that not be bad, even if I am applying ED?

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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby 1Levening2013 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:40 pm

no

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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby AP-375 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:51 pm

I'm wonderidn the same thing. Can't you use the Why X essay to sell yourself to that school specifically, even though they know you'll matriculte if accepted?

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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby bk1 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:59 pm

If they don't say something like "you can attach any and all other information you like" then don't do it. If they do then you might be okay.

Generally it just isn't worth it to include the "Why X?" for an ED, but if it's well written then I would say it is probably worth it. That said, if it is even a hint of crappy, mediocre, or disingenuous then don't include it.

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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby sundance95 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:01 pm

I did one for my ED to UVA and was told by admissions that it helped their decision.

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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby Grizz » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:02 pm

bk1 wrote:If they don't say something like "you can attach any and all other information you like" then don't do it. If they do then you might be okay.

Generally it just isn't worth it to include the "Why X?" for an ED, but if it's well written then I would say it is probably worth it. That said, if it is even a hint of crappy, mediocre, or disingenuous then don't include it.


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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby MissLucky » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:14 pm

sundance95 wrote:I did one for my ED to UVA and was told by admissions that it helped their decision.


hmm, very interesting. did you yourself think it was exceptionally powerful? how long was it?

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Re: "Why X" essay for ED applicant?

Postby sundance95 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:28 pm

1 page long, and it was pretty persuasive as to why Virginia was my #1, including ties to the area. I agree with others who have stated that no Why X essay is better than a poor one.




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