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Yale essays

cligclig Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
edited February 2005 in Transfer Students
Yale doesn't have a place to write down your extracurriculur activities on their application.
I was tempted to have a whole essay talk about my involvement with stuff, but that would have become a boring list.
How did you guys deal with that?
And why did Yale do that?
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Replies to: Yale essays

  • Helen_of_TroyHelen_of_Troy Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    I attached a separate list of activities in the form of table:

    Activity/Honor - Position/Award - Dates

    :)
  • cligclig Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    Doesn't Yale dislike supplemental work/information?
  • Helen_of_TroyHelen_of_Troy Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    Maybe but I took that risk ;)
  • nspedsnspeds - Posts: 5,382 Senior Member
    clig,

    Where did you get that information from?
  • cligclig Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    Nsped, I thought it was just common knowledge. On the old CC forums, I think someone asked adcoms, and it might have been explicitly stated on last year's application. I'll get back to you once I find that url.
  • nspedsnspeds - Posts: 5,382 Senior Member
    On the application itself, if I am not mistaken, there is specific information regarding the mailing in of supplementary material; I would not count an activity list as supplementary, however.
  • cligclig Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    Well it seems I've been had (by whom I don't know)! I called up Yale, and they said attaching a resume was fine, but not expected. Shame on me.

    Anyways, how did everyones' Yale apps go?

    I thought my essay came off way too pedantic and impersonal. Because Yale wants a good solid reason to attend, I stuck to the subject of why I like Yale's program instead of why Yale should like me.

    On the personal essay, which above all else had to be personal, I made the unwise choice of being IMpersonal. My haughty (non)style of writing was more factually biographical than emotionally revelatory. Now that I look back, I wish I started working on the application longer ago.

    My only saving grace is if Yale doesn't mind a somewhat uninteresting essay that is informative. Because transfer students are expected to know what they want from Yale, maybe they have less obligation to seem as cuddly and lovable as freshman applicants. I hope so.

    Well, how about the rest of you? How'd your apps go?

    --Cheers,
  • nspedsnspeds - Posts: 5,382 Senior Member
    Because Yale wants a good solid reason to attend, I stuck to the subject of why I like Yale's program instead of why Yale should like me.

    If you were successful in communicating why you need Yale's program, then I think you have nothing to worry about.

    Keep in mind that Yale accepts few, so even the best applicants have no reason to think that they will get in as the entire process is equivocal.
  • efs424efs424 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    i pulled an all nighter to finish yale and georgetown (have uva to finish up tonight), i feel like an idiot for doing it. i wish i had spent more time.

    i'm so paranoid that i forgot something or that i have glaring grammatical and spelling errors all over.

    nspeds: where are you getting this about having to need yale's program? did an admissions officer convey this to you? I'm not sure i'm buying. it seems a little much to say that you absolutly need to go to yale, that no other place will be satisfactory
  • nspedsnspeds - Posts: 5,382 Senior Member
    Sorry, perhaps I should not have used the word "need." Instead, let me just say that you have to possess a good reason for wanting to attend Yale; no, purely prestigious does not count.
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