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Quick question about nature of CommonApp EC essay

mnt328mnt328 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
edited September 2009 in College Essays
Since the essay is limited to 150 words, is it okay to be pretty blunt about everything? Or should one try to come up with a nice lead and work in your voice/style?

By blunt I don't mean bullet points or anything, but my writing voice is rather flowy and verbose, so unless I cut right to the point I always end up way over the word limit.
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Replies to: Quick question about nature of CommonApp EC essay

  • absentabsent Registered User Posts: 485 Member
    Since the essay is limited to 150 words, is it okay to be pretty blunt about everything?

    It sure is.
  • applicannotapplicannot Registered User Posts: 4,366 Senior Member
    By blunt I don't mean bullet points or anything, but my writing voice is rather flowy and verbose, so unless I cut right to the point I always end up way over the word limit.

    We have the same problem. That's how I speak, as well - so when people tell me to write like I speak, I always come off that way and then people tell me not to sound so pretentious. So of course, now I have to decide how to handle ALL of my essays, not just the activity one.
  • mnt328mnt328 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    Also, should the activities essay be about what you DO with the activity (esp. for volunteer groups) and what you've accomplished, or should it focus on why you care about that activity and what you've learned from it?
  • mnt328mnt328 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    On a similar note, is it okay to cut to the chase on MOST supplemental essays (especially "Why ________ College" essays)? Or should there be more of a story line going on that ties in?
  • CacciatoCacciato Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    the why BLANK college is more standard (what you like, why u wanna go ect.) but have a good intro into it that you can reuse for each why this college essay.
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