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Mount Holyoke Supplement - Writing Sample

auraleeauralee 7 replies9 threads New Member
edited October 2010 in Mount Holyoke College
I have to send in a writing sample with teacher's comments that will 'show you at your intellecual best'. How am I supposed to write it. It doesnt sound like MHC wants us to write about something creative or something that describes our personality. What type of writing should it be?
edited October 2010
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  • icesk8momicesk8mom 271 replies24 threads Junior Member
    I believe they want a graded essay that you have written for high school.
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  • ConCerndDadConCerndDad 369 replies59 threads Member
    MHC does want an essay that you wrote that was graded by a HS teacher. Best if the paper has written comments by he teacher. Also include the assignment. Suggest picking a paper dealing with something that is somewhat known, like a paper you wrote about a well known book or play, like Hamlet, Streetcar Named Desire. The admissions person is likely familiar with the book making a review of your paper easier.
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  • Eagle91Eagle91 24 replies1 threads New Member
    yeah, this is a big problem... at least here in germany :-)
    i wanted to send in a copy of my final a-level exam in english, but they refused to give me the comments and the assignment because of some law against the improper use of old papers.... *scratchhead*
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  • mythmommythmom 8292 replies13 threads Senior Member
    You can send a draft of a paper and explain that the German system doesn't allow you to submit a graded paper because they are not returned. Don't sweat it. Mt. Holyoke is very user friendly; they can't expect you to submit a paper if you don't have any.
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  • icesk8momicesk8mom 271 replies24 threads Junior Member
    I would contact the international admissions contact, explain the situation and ask whether they have an alternate requirement.
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  • Eagle91Eagle91 24 replies1 threads New Member
    hey, thank you guys for answering!
    actually, i spoke about this to the admissions officer with whom i had my admissions interview and she also told me not to worry about it, if it is impossible to get that paper, i wouln't have to send it in. the thing is that i really want to send it in, because it is a good paper and i am worried about possible diadvantages in the application process.... i'd just feel better if i had done everthing "right" in the application process.
    but i plan on applying early decision, so i won't have much more time to argue with my highschool.
    but thanks for your responses anyway ;-)

    does anyone have an idea about how long it takes for international students to really adjust to the language? i expect to get familiar with english on college-level fast, but i am really worried about the first few month... anyone any experience in that field?
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