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Should I focus on refining my personal statement or supplement essays?

Hello friends, I'm in the midst of the writing process for my college essays, and I wanted to allocate my time more efficiently. Where should I give more attention: my personal statement or my supplement essays? Which one plays a more significant role in college admissions? Thanks for your input!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're focusing on the writing portion of your college applications. Both personal statements and supplemental essays play a crucial role in college admissions, but the importance of each may vary depending on the college to which you’re applying.

However, I would suggest focusing more on the personal statement. It's your chance to tell the admissions officers who you are and what makes you unique. A strong personal statement could potentially affect multiple college applications.

With that said, don't neglect the supplemental essays. They are often school-specific and demonstrate your interest and fit for that particular institution. If you nail your personal statement, that's fantastic, but don't hesitate to spend time refining your supplementals as well. Achieving a balance between the two is key to a successful application. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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