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Extended Essay. Option 5. Reuse essay from another app?

shirts123shirts123 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
edited January 2010 in University of Chicago
I wrote a good analytical/op-ed essay about a topic for another app and I was wondering if I could pose the question and answer it with my essay, or if the adcoms would know that I copied it?
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Replies to: Extended Essay. Option 5. Reuse essay from another app?

  • abcdefg1234abcdefg1234 Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    If you people are qualified to apply to Uchicago, you are definitely smart enough to use the search function, no?
  • shirts123shirts123 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Well I did use the search function and saw that some people used page 217 from UPenn's app but I don't see how you would use it, and I didn't read anywhere about if it was "safe" or not to do so.
  • RaddddRadddd Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    Colleges secretly have a network where they share each others essays for matches, and if you do get caught, you're automatically rejected from both of those colleges.

    Sigh.
  • shirts123shirts123 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I don't mean it that literally. I was just worried that someone else would use the same prompt and then the adcoms would know we most likely got that prompt from another app. I didn't know if they would care or not.
  • VPSUSERVPSUSER Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    I doubt that colleges share your essays - that would be too much work and a violation of your privacy. Granted, most admissions officers are probably familiar with essays at other top schools.

    This being said, admissions officers primarily use the essay to learn more about you. Most don't care if it is reused as long as it is good. Princeton's dean of admissions once said at a seminar that you *should* reuse essays as much as possible. Also, a WashU admissions officer once told me that what matters most is your voice. He told me that if an essay I submitted to another school had strong voice, I should submit it.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 30,940 Senior Member
    My son reused an essay, but he also adapted it to fit one of the prompts.

    I've always liked that prompt - if you think it's a good essay, I don't think it will hurt you.
  • kitkatkatiekitkatkatie Registered User Posts: 474 Member
    I wrote the main caught essay and I used another essay written for an entirely different prompt. I adapted it with a couple sentences, and I got in just fine.


    Use your essay, but be very careful to adapt it to their prompt. You might have to shuffle around everything, but I've stuck with a set of ~8 essays for all my apps.

    Good Luck!
  • shirts123shirts123 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    They don't have a prompt for Option 5. It just says come up with a question and answer it, so I didn't know if they would get the same question from other people and/or if they would care.
  • jswedenjsweden Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    I have no idea what Raddd was talking about with this "secret college network", but I've heard from some admissions officers (not Chicago's but Columbia's, Stanford, etc.) that it's okay to reuse an essay, but make sure you don't leave colleges names in it or something that shows lack of attention to detail.
  • CountingDownCountingDown Registered User Posts: 12,927 Senior Member
    S2 wrote essays for two of the big Chicago prompts. For Chicago, one was his main CA essay and the other was his main Chicago. He then used one of them as his main Common App essay for all his other schools and cannibalized parts of the other one for other prompts.
  • spiralcloudspiralcloud Registered User Posts: 887 Member
    Radd was kidding guys.
    Go for it!
  • prudviprudvi Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Radddd wrote:
    Colleges secretly have a network where they share each others essays for matches, and if you do get caught, you're automatically rejected from both of those colleges.

    Sigh.

    you scared the heck out of me.. until I read "sigh". lol, don't do that to freaked out High Schoolers.

    I am reusing my Vandy Scholarship essay for UChicago.. I just don't care anymore.
  • ElanorciElanorci Registered User Posts: 841 Member
    I used the same essay for Chicago that I used for Yale and Harvard. I'm sure it's fine - especially here, when you can pick your own prompt. (:
  • IHateUofCIHateUofC - Posts: 89 Junior Member
    I reused an essay I dug out of the trash. It had some coffee grinds and marinara sauce stains, but I just stapled it to the application. They let me in, so you probably won't do too bad.
  • selter01selter01 Registered User Posts: 468 Member
    I recycled many essays. applied to 11 schools with about 6-7 essays, and some minor changes.
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