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6:29@nessmess:do you have to start with an intro like that, or could you just say something like "I have always been money savvy" or smthg?
10:53@anonymous:Is this being recorded because I can’t hear or see anything?
20:54@RebeccaOpher:If we have a prior relationship with a university (2x summer residential engineering program), what is the best stylistic method of including that into our “Why ‘X’School” essay? I don’t want to talk about the summer program so much that I don’t have enough words to address what specific classes in and out of my major (and why), and seeking research opportunities with specific professors. Thx!
21:47@lyih06:I have a similar essay where I wrote about my love of animals and how I pursued that outside of school in other academic programs. I mentioned some of those programs in my essay - would you suggest that I take that section out?
22:35@logan_suee:What advice would you give in terms of writing a good "hook" to capture the reader's attention?
23:19@rankino:i wrote about my sport of track &field and how one season changed my work ethic
24:10@anonymous:I'm still confused with two topics about my common app essay to write avout my grand-ma death or my father being alcoholic
24:48@nttran:How would we know if our essay flows well?
25:26@anonymous:how do we adequately answer the prompt if it's only 150 words?
How should we go about it?
38:46@logan_suee:What are the most cliché/most-written essays? What do you warn against writing about?
41:21@rankino:I talked about my interests in the sport as a hook, then talked about an injury along with training in the big championship at the end in which I talked about one race in particular. Would that be cliche?
42:27@anonymous:You said the 2nd essay had too many ideas. What if the student isn't sure of focus within a major and wants to explore?
51:54@lyih06:I'm interested in majoring in biology and minoring in something related to social change. do you think that I need a segue between the two topics or is it okay if I just go straight from talking about bio to social justice?
53:29@RebeccaOpher:Do you have a way of making sure new essays are reviewed? We’ve heard this mountain climbing essay before.
53:59@rankino:if we submitted our essays thru the form what is the likelihood that we get feedback?
66:15@anonymous:for the other essaus will you send us the feed-back
67:11@anonymous:where'd you get your shirt
68:35@anonymous:Are all admissions officers trained to read essays a certain way? Essays are so subjective. What one person thinks is captivating could be boring to another person. What makes one person's feedback valid?
71:34@lyih06:for abbreviations in the essays, should we spell out what they stand for? or is that unnecessary because it will show up ink the activities section?