LOCI after not submitting a "Why X" essay???

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SAE
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LOCI after not submitting a "Why X" essay???

Postby SAE » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:36 pm

How much sense would it make to send in a LOCI after not having written an optional "Why X" essay as a part of the application?

I am not in this situation - it's just a hypothetical.

Please share experience/thoughts.

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Re: LOCI after not submitting a "Why X" essay???

Postby thickfreakness » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:39 pm

I think if the application offered you an option to write a Why X essay and you passed that up it may not be very effective. On the other hand, a LOCI to a school that doesn't have a Why X as an optional essay would probably be much more effective. Writing a LOCI when you passed on a Why X that was already offered seems lazy, like you're just recently interested, etc.

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Re: LOCI after not submitting a "Why X" essay???

Postby blurbz » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:43 pm

I disagree with the above advice.

My favorite schools have changed multiple times since I started my search and since I've applied. I expect them to continue changing as I continue to research. Maybe I'm just fickle, but it wouldn't surprise me if I'm not alone. Regardless, I think it's completely plausible that someone may not have been interested enough to send a Why X essay when applying but their school preferences have changed. If you phrase the LOCI in this way, prefacing it with something about having learned more about the school that piqued your interest, I think it can be very effective. You don't need to apologize for not writing the Why X--just give them a reason to look past it.

Good luck.

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Re: LOCI after not submitting a "Why X" essay???

Postby AffirmativeOffense » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:45 pm

thickfreakness wrote:I think if the application offered you an option to write a Why X essay and you passed that up it may not be very effective. On the other hand, a LOCI to a school that doesn't have a Why X as an optional essay would probably be much more effective. Writing a LOCI when you passed on a Why X that was already offered seems lazy, like you're just recently interested, etc.


But it's lazier not to send a LOCI at all. At this point, I don't see what it would hurt.

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Re: LOCI after not submitting a "Why X" essay???

Postby SAE » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:51 pm

blurbz wrote:I disagree with the above advice.

My favorite schools have changed multiple times since I started my search and since I've applied. I expect them to continue changing as I continue to research. Maybe I'm just fickle, but it wouldn't surprise me if I'm not alone. Regardless, I think it's completely plausible that someone may not have been interested enough to send a Why X essay when applying but their school preferences have changed. If you phrase the LOCI in this way, prefacing it with something about having learned more about the school that piqued your interest, I think it can be very effective. You don't need to apologize for not writing the Why X--just give them a reason to look past it.

Good luck.

I like this answer. Thanks!




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