trobriander wrote:For those who got the "finalist" email, do you think this is the place for humor? I can't think of anything serious to properly address in 150 words. I'm planning on a light and slightly humorous "mistake" essay. Is this appropriate?
Personally I would play it safe. I agree with the others that the purpose is probably to guage interest, so the only way that you are likely to screw it up is by (a) not responding, (b) not answering the question, or (c) not taking it seriously.
If they are trying to get a guage of your capacity for introspection and your ability to maturely assess your shortcomings, humor might rub some readers the wrong way. On the other hand, if done really well it could address those points and also show that you don't take yourself too seriously. The choice is yours, but I see it as a high risk/low reward proposition.
Unless your topic is "applying to Georgetown." If so, win.