Thank you for taking the time to read this. I finished my essay, but it's about 445 words over the limit of 2,000... However, I did not include the optional essay. I was thinking about writing about my financial situation and how it relates to my work and education for the optional essay, but I think it "fits" more into the autobiographical, since it's all related.
I have read comments of people saying that their essays were over the limit and they got in.... And I think I am a decent writer, so the quality should be good... But, would the extra words hurt me??????
I am attaching what Columbia wants for the essays...
I. Autobiographical Essay (1,500 – 2,000 words):
Tell us about your educational history, work experience, present situation, and plans for the future. Please make sure to address why you consider
yourself a nontraditional student and have chosen to pursue your education at the School of General Studies of Columbia University. Successful
essays should not only identify and describe specific elements of the program, academic or otherwise, that meet your needs as a nontraditional
student, but should also explain why GS is the place for you.
II. Optional Essay: You may attach one additional page to tell us anything else you would like us to know about you.