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Harvard Supplemental Essay

coffeeicecreamcoffeeicecream Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
edited August 2008 in Harvard University
Hey guys! :)

What are you writing/have written for the supplemental essay for Harvard (basically the optional one that allows you to write about whatever subject you want to)? Topics/Ideas anyone!

Are you guys doing the essay in a story-type format (ex. day helping the homeless, significant experience, etc.) or something more straightforward (ex. research done over the summer, etc.) Or is it important to use creativity and do something completley new? I guess I just dont understand what it is they are asking, and what it is they are looking for...

thanks! :D
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Replies to: Harvard Supplemental Essay

  • olgitaolgita Registered User Posts: 505 Member
    I wrote about my interest in bio and medicine in a semi-creative format (figurative language within a rather traditional framework). My main essay was also in a semi-creative format, but more about what experiences shaped me as a person than my interests.
  • ButternutButternut Registered User Posts: 2,002 Senior Member
    I'm entertaining the thought of doing mine on how all my relatives (heck, even my dentist!) are trying to influence the college app process. It's funny (in my opinion), but I can't decide, since it isn't necessarily ABOUT me...
  • olgitaolgita Registered User Posts: 505 Member
    You can write it about yourself, even if the main subject is not you. Subtlety is acceptable.
  • coffeeicecreamcoffeeicecream Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    can it be about how a paticular person has influenced you and made you the way you are? i kinda want to write about this convos between me and a family member, and some important secrets i learned that has helped shaped who i am...does that sound like something original or just corny?
  • ButternutButternut Registered User Posts: 2,002 Senior Member
    ^ You can probably use it for the common app topic.
  • piccolojuniorpiccolojunior - Posts: 2,629 Senior Member
    I wrote about something innovative; the essay had both immediate and lasting shock value. Don't go by other people's opinions, even if they're Harvard students. A 2010er told me I sounded like a "raging communist." (dave chappelle voice: "Man was that ***** wrong!")
  • coffeeicecreamcoffeeicecream Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    ^ if you dont mind telling us, piccolo, what was your essay about? what was your topic? please help a harvard hopeful! :)
  • piccolojuniorpiccolojunior - Posts: 2,629 Senior Member
    Sorry, that information is classified until the end of the summer.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 30,601 Senior Member
    My son (rising sophomore who decided not to attend Harvard) used his second MIT essay for the supplemental essay. It was about what do you do for fun.
  • PoisonousPoisonous Registered User Posts: 580 Member
    @Piccolo, I remember reading a topic of yours a while back. Didn't you say it was on ideologies and morals? I'm guessing that you did a lot of disagreeing with standing values? Meh, I'd like to see it when you finally re-release it :)
  • llpitchllpitch Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    lol @ piccolo hiding his essay

    =D
  • *poof**poof* Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    I would start a new thread, but I just wanted to ask here first... How long are they expecting their supplements to be?
  • olgitaolgita Registered User Posts: 505 Member
    I assumed it should be about as long as the main commonapp essay, so between 500-700 words.
  • piccolojuniorpiccolojunior - Posts: 2,629 Senior Member
    ^Mine was under 400 >_>
  • token89token89 Registered User Posts: 786 Member
    i didn't even write a supplemental essay.
    oops.
    if i did though, my advice would be don't pick something cliche like community service or helping the homeless. pick something unique to you. after you write your essay, go back and read it asking yourself, "could anybody else have written this essay?" if the answer is yes, rewrite it. because with 25,000 applicants, someone will.
    my commonapp essay was about my first day of kindergarten haha....maybe not the approach you wanna take but hey it worked for me.
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