<p>Are you doing the optional essay and/or recommendation? Why or why not?</p>
<p>No time, too lazy, deadline is next monday, if you start now, u'll never make it!!!!</p>
<p>optional essay? wtf? i dont think there is one...</p>
<p>The optional part isnt an essay, but just a page of things to talk aobut unusual or extenuating circumstances that you believe will be helpful, etc. The explicitly say don't attach a resume or another essay.</p>
<p>I'm doing the extra rec... I went to math camp at Stanford last summer, so I'm having my prof there write me a rec.</p>
<p>The optional essay seemed like it was for if you had a troubling experience that might have hindered academic success, such as you went to jail or were expelled from a school or something. It said most people wouldn't be submitting it either.</p>
<p>The optional rec though for me was not a teacher, but someone who's known me throughout high school, and it was awesome, so I decided to send that.</p>
<p>I'm doing the extra rec too...my flute teacher who has known me for six years</p>
<p>College_hopeful, how do u know ur letter is awesome??? I thought we weren't allow to see the letters???? or anything at all!!! isn't it suppose to be confidential???? I am confused!!!</p>
<p>^ yeah but if your teacher likes you tremendously, and is not very ethical or strict, he/she will show it to you.</p>
<p>at my schools most teachers dont care about the confidentiality....
I did the optional essay, basically just to describe the reason for a bad grade on my transcript. When a Stanford rep. came to my school, I told her about it and she reccomended that I briefly describe the situation in the optional essay. It was only about 2 paragraphs tho...
goodluck to everyone =)</p>
<p>I had my coach do the optional recommendation</p>
<p>"College_hopeful, how do u know ur letter is awesome??? I thought we weren't allow to see the letters???? or anything at all!!! isn't it suppose to be confidential???? I am confused!!!"</p>
<p>It depends on the teacher. Some of mine will let me see theirs, others won't.</p>
<p>yeah im doing the extra rec too</p>
<p>I could probably think of a thing or two to say in the optional, but I probably won't.</p>
<p>I get the feeling Stanford wants succinctness. Don't do the optional essay or rec unless absolutely necessary.</p>
<p>i only did the extra rec.</p>
<p>Hmm, I couldn't take AP English because of a schedule conflict. I have a couple of more complicated things to explain too.
Do you think it would be best to stay silent or to do the extra page?</p>
<p>^ do the extra page</p>