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Question: Supplement - How you spent your summers

SpazzySpazzy Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
edited November 2010 in Princeton University
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held, if not already detailed in the Common Application.

Can we list the things we've done? Or is it better to put it into essay format?

What are you doing for this response?

Thanks for the help!
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Replies to: Question: Supplement - How you spent your summers

  • monstor344monstor344 Registered User Posts: 2,502 Senior Member
    Given the nature of the question, I wrote mine largely in the form of list, though with pretty significant detail to most activities. Personally I think there are certain sections of the application where a school just wants to gather information about you, not for you to blow its mind with your writing ability over and over again.
  • fauvefauve Registered User Posts: 3,515 Senior Member
    Agree^^^. You can make a list with details of each activity, or if you really do not have much, then a wordy essay might compensate ;).
  • SpazzySpazzy Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    Thanks for the help. (: Yeah, the 2500 character limit made it hard to try for an essay format anyways, haha. Even listing my activities with minimal details barely made the cut.
  • randombetchrandombetch Registered User Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    I wrote a list in essay format.
  • EngineerjwEngineerjw Registered User Posts: 1,136 Senior Member
    I wrote just a few sentences briefly listing the activities.
  • pton15pton15 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I wrote a list in essay format. I went really in depth about the activities that were most important to me and not so much on the others. In sections like this one, they really do just want to get to know a little more about the applicant. I actually had a typo in this section, and I still got in - noticed it after submitting. Basically, give an honest answer.. this is not meant to be an additional essay.
  • SpazzySpazzy Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    Thanks, everyone, for responding!

    And pton15, thanks for the input as an admitted student. It's nice getting a view from someone who succeeded in getting in, haha.
  • ClowiebearClowiebear Registered User Posts: 436 Member
    yeah i wrote a few sentences. not much...
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    My attached resume has descriptions, so I just wrote "See attached Activity List" and reiterated the names of my summer activities in a list.
  • jeffc418jeffc418 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Hey everyone,

    So for this question, I wrote an essay that went in-depth to one aspect of my summers that I thought was important. Granted, there are many other things that I did that summer, as my actual Princeton essay explains, but would my application be lacking if I wrote an essay for this question? Should I shoot them off an email?

    Thank you all,
  • FrenchSilkPieFrenchSilkPie Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    Mine were already detailed in places on the Common App, so I felt no need to be redundant. I don't think they want a detailed essay, Jeff. I would shoot them an email to make sure.
  • lindazhaanglindazhaang Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    Wow, I wrote like a full-blown essay minus the transitions. The info I put in the common app activities page was like a framework and I used this question to expound on the summer activities.

    Can anyone confirm if they indeed would not want to read an essay which uses almost every character space given?
  • SpazzySpazzy Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    ^ I really don't think it matters (yes, answering a question on something I had a question on lol). Everyone's going to interpret the question differently and answer it in a different way. I used almost every character space given.

    Then again, my word can't have much weight considering I'm an applicant for 2015 as well.
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