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How did you format your list essays?

MaanniMaanni 6 replies4 threads New Member
RD '24 applicant here. For the >150 word list essays, the site instructs applicants to use semicolons or commas in separating items, but beyond that I am not sure if we should format it any further. Here's an excerpt from my book list response:

... Principles of Mathematical Analysis; Lectures in Abstract Algebra Vol. II and III; Introduction to Bessel Functions; Flowers for Algernon; Americanah; ...

And honestly, having everything crammed in one big paragraph looks kind of confusing and messy. Many past essays I have seen do something like:

Item 1;
Item 2;
Item 3;

Any recommendations? Thoughts? How did you guys format yours?
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3537 replies49 threads Senior Member
    In years past, the Common App simply removed all of the formatting and jumbled everything into a single paragraph. Looks like the software is still doing the same thing.

    For readability purposes, it seems like a good idea to separate by commas or semicolons.
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