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Help, please!

pineapplelolliepineapplelollie Registered User Posts: 427 Member
edited December 2008 in Amherst College
So, for my essay, I'm doing it on the literature quote.

Since these are all statements, really, aren't all our responses going to be an analysis or interpretation (of the quote but how it also relates to us too) almost?

I'm writing about my love for reading for just about anything-not just English books either and about how I've never really thought about why I read and so, in the essay I'm just going to explain it through and talk about my purpose in reading.

Sorry if I'm not so eloquent in my description. But any advice would be appreciated.
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Replies to: Help, please!

  • areagrisareagris Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I wrote on the literature one also and my approach was to use the quote as inspiration. I read it a few times and went from there. In my opinion, this quote in particular wasn't particularly cryptic, so I thought about it within the context of myself and my life (which it sounds like you're doing also). I think this is a good (though not only) way to approach the essay. Good luck.
  • ami_robyami_roby Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    You need not base your essay on the statement, this is not like an essay you write for a literature class in college or high school. In my experience, they care less about your interpretation of the essay, and more about what the essay says about you. It is better if the supplementary essay is somehow thematically related to your commonapp essay. The main thing is to create a unique image of YOURSELF, and all the application parts are just tools for that purpose. Yes there should be some links to the original statement, but it's more about telling the admission guys about yourself. Again, try to create some sort of image, you do not have to be Superman, but just show that you have some qualities, and elaborate on those. Worked for me.
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