USC Short Essay on Academic Interests

<p>on other threads I hear advice on making this paragraph-lengthed essay to show personality. Isn't that what the common App essay is for? can I just answer this one straight without a clever intro/ conclusion?</p>

<p>Bump, I'm wondering this too</p>

<p>Is it only supposed to be a paragraph long? There's a 3500 character limit and that amounts to about 500+ words or so</p>