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Common app and Supplement Essay topics

jnj0925jnj0925 Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2010 in College Essays
Hi guys.

I am now writing my college essays, and I have several questions.

Firstly, as you know, Common App requires you to write 1 short essay about EC and a page-long essay on whatever topic. Is it okay to write about the same EC that I have elaborated in 150 word essay for a free-topic essay? They are not the same ones, but I am just having some bad feeling about writing about the same topic twice.

Lastly, I am applying to Rensselaer and they ask me to write essay on one of these topics:

1. Describe a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning to you.
2. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.
3. “They’ll say I impacted the 21st century by my work in...”

Is it okay to excerpt the essay from my common app if the essay is about one of the topics listed? Will it do any harm?
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Replies to: Common app and Supplement Essay topics

  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    Is it okay to write about the same EC that I have elaborated in 150 word essay for a free-topic essay?

    You can probably pull it off as long as you take a different angle.
    Is it okay to excerpt the essay from my common app if the essay is about one of the topics listed?

    Don't recycle any part of your main Common App essay for the supplements.
  • jgraiderjgraider Posts: 2,845Registered User Senior Member
    I would recommend that you don't write them both on the same topic, but it's up to you. And if you're asking if you should reuse your common app essay for your supplement, then I would definitely advise against that
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