Picky picky picky...

<p>One shot at admissions, so best not blow it, eh? Alright, straight to the questions.</p>

<li><p>That “Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence,” they won’t be so strict as to dock you for describing two people, say grandparents, would they?</p></li>
<li><p>I originally planned on sending a resume with the writing samples, but it contains a lot of repeated materials, e.g. clubs, activities, honors. A few lesser honors, some GPA and class info from last 4 years, and miscellaneous skills are also on there. Should I still send it? How will Harvard likely react if I send a weak or contradictory resume?</p></li>
<li><p>What usually happens once the interview process starts? Is it just receive a call, schedule a date, fill out any interview resumes, prepare extra materials/resumes, and the interview itself?</p></li>

<p>If you need me to clarify a question or can help proofread my essay, let me know. Many many thanks.</p>

<li><p>Highly unlikely they care about how literally you interpretate your essay topic. However, make sure you end up telling them something about you, not just your grandparents.</p></li>
<li><p>Don't send them additional materials if there is no additional information in it. It won't win you brownie points, and will likely annoy them. The real value of writing a resume is as preparation for you - to help you fill out your app, not because any admissions officer wants to see the resume at all.</p></li>
<li><p>Interviews are not such a huge deal. They'll contact you, if your area uses a form of any sort they will send it to you.</p></li>

<p>good luck with your app!</p>

<li><p>Fine to write about both grandparents. Easy enough to say something like "The person who influenced my life most, wasn't a single person, but a pair - my grandparent together blah, blah, blah..." That's an awkward sentence, but you get the idea, if you are worried you can make it clear you understood the question, but are adjusting it slightly for good reasons.</p></li>
<li><p>Don't send a resume that overlaps what you've already submitted and certainly not if it contradicts it. :eek:</p></li>
<li><p>Interviews are pretty low key. The interviewer will tell you if they'd like to see any information. My son's interviewer last year asked him about SAT scores and wanted him to bring a transcript. It just helps the interviewer to get a broad picture of who you are.</p></li>

<p>Alright, thanks a bunch. Now if only I could conclude one of these "personal" essays... not a place to let too much perfectionism take over -__-</p>