How many addenda are too many?

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How many addenda are too many?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:17 pm

I am afraid that I am writing too many addenda.

Should one really write an addendum for every issue that could be addressed in an addendum?

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby Grizz » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:19 pm

Which ones are you writing and what for

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby Bildungsroman » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:19 pm

How many are you writing? You obviously need an addendum if the school requires one (e.g. schools typically require you to write a statement if you answered in the affirmative to C+F questions). Beyond that there are extremely limited scenarios in which an addendum is a good idea.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:29 pm

I was thinking LSAT increase (over 10 points), one on my decision to do a joint program, and then I was thinking of doing 1. gap in education, 2. withdraws on my record

Just the first two?

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:04 pm

I'm sorry to TTT this, but anyone?

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:15 pm

180asBreath wrote:I was thinking LSAT increase (over 10 points), one on my decision to do a joint program, and then I was thinking of doing 1. gap in education, 2. withdraws on my record

Just the first two?

• LSAT increase - only if the school requires it
• Decision to do a joint program - no
• Gap in education - if the school requires it
• Withdraws on your record - absolutely not, unless you withdrew a whole semester (which would likely be incorporated with gap in education?)

If possible, I wouldn't go over two.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:38 pm

Thanks Dany.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby apollo2015 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:39 pm

My rule of thumb was to do an addendum if 1) the school asked for it in the application, or 2) if the application was poorly written and I had to do one in order to answer accurately and honestly.

Beyond that, only do addenda if they make you look good.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:40 pm

For the record, I had like 5 or 6 Ws and they didn't affect my cycle in the slightest.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby 071816 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:44 pm

Sometimes less is more.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:53 pm

chimp wrote:Sometimes less is more.


I agree with this; it's the reason I created the thread. I HAVE to do one on my LSAT, but I'm not sure if I should do another (explaining a gap/underperforming one semester).

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby 071816 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:58 pm

180asBreath wrote:
chimp wrote:Sometimes less is more.


I agree with this; it's the reason I created the thread. I HAVE to do one on my LSAT, but I'm not sure if I should do another (explaining a gap/underperforming one semester).


Personally, I would do the minimum you think is required and just let everything else speak for itself, but reasonable minds can differ on this I suppose. I would only write one about one semester of subpar grades if there is a legit reason for the underperformance that you can articulate (e.g. some kind of tragedy, illness, etc.).

ETA: I basically agree with Dany's first post above.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby MormonChristian » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:11 pm

The more you write the more examples they have to determine if you can make a decent written argument. That could be good or bad.

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Re: How many addenda are too many?

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:19 pm

MormonChristian wrote:The more you write the more examples they have to determine if you can make a decent written argument. That could be good or bad.

It's bad.




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