Hi there everyone,
I've been frantically looking on the Tufts website to try and find optional essay/video assignment, but the only Google results and search results from the Tufts website are from 2008, 2009, and 2010. Is there not an optional assignment this year? And if there is, where is it/how do I submit it?
Well I'm working on the common app supplement, but it says that all three short answers are mandatory. I thought the third one (where they give you multiple topics to choose from) was optional, but apparently not. The website has a portion that says "The following items are optional for your application" but underneath it, it only says "alumni interview!"
It used to be Why Tufts, and two shorter answer ones, and then the optional. Now, it's just Why Tufts, and two shorter answer ones. We dropped it because, in part, no one took us seriously when we said that optional means optional.
Great idea! It will save the admissions folks a lot of time because they won't have to keep repeating over and over again "It really is optional! Really!".
And will reduce stress for those poor applicants too :-)
Last year when my son was applying to Tufts he asked his guidance counselor if he should really do the optional essay. He told him absolutely do it. That even though app says optional most students will do it and that is who you will be competing against. So as much as he didn't want to do the optional essay he felt like like he had to.