leebs2 wrote: shntn wrote:
UtilityMonster wrote:Anyone a little confused by the writing section on the application?
Yeah, same here. I wrote a lot of papers in undergrad...
I'll come back to it later. I'm in no rush with HYS apps. If anyone has any insight, feel free to share with the thread. Thanks!
It sounds like their looking for a unique paper not just any "undergrad paper". Something that showcased your research/writing abilities.
I agree. You can pretty much tell that they expect something on the level of a thesis or publication -- not something like a 2-page sonnet explication. If you've ever done writing of this sort, this question should be pretty fairly straightforward.
For the unsure, these are just my thoughts: the way they phrased it reminds me of the "influenced" question on the Cornell app. There seems to be enough ambiguity where you would probably be fine discussing something like an important paper assignment for class (research papers especially) -- as long as the professor reviewed one or two drafts and met with you to discuss it before handing in the final version. It might not be exactly what they were looking for, but if it meets the "multiple revisions" and "academic adviser" criteria, I can't imagine the adcomms would hold it against you. It's probably better than leaving it blank and suggesting that you've never done any substantial writing.
There's also a short thread on this in the admissions forum here