I often find myself having 152/150 or 254/250 etc ... words on my common app essay so I try to cheat by doing from this :
( bla bla ) , this : (bla bla) or from this : bla bla , bla ; this : bla bla, bla . (sticking the comma)
Is this a big problem ? I do not want to reformulate an entire phrase just because of 2/3 words , because , then I would have to change other parts as well and again other parts ... .