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15:29@Applesauce:How many essays are you going to go over during this session? Just wondering.
16:37@divyamjindal03:sir, what kind of transitionals can I use in this essay ? I knew it was required in some parts but can't figure out how to use them
17:32@Applesauce:How important are supplementals compared to your common app essay?
18:59@divyamjindal03:ohk. Also, how should I approach the learning curve without getting technical ?
19:31@patelar915:Are you going to post a recording of this session?
19:54@anonymous:is it too late to submit?
36:32@anonymous:could you elaborate on what you said about admission officers not "clinging on to certain details", I didn't really hear that too well
37:38@Applesauce:Like if my family had no great struggles because of it but one of my extracurriculars was greatly effected, should I include this in the COVID essay or just leave it out to not seem like I'm making an excuse?
38:05@anonymous:Is it okay to have multiple lessons or identity traits reflected within one essay for this prompt?
39:09@Applesauce:What do you not recommend putting in the COVID essay part of the common app?
40:13@anonymous:Will there be another Live Essay Review event?
40:50@anonymous:Just a follow up, is it okay of there are multiple lessons we talk about from a single background?
41:32@anonymous:You went over the sentence structure of listing and how many common app writers just briefly overview a bunch of experiences; what are some other common writing styles?
55:31@anonymous:I was thinking about writing my essay on a challange/struggle I faced. How do I still show who I am as a person and my strengths without making it sound too negative/ having the one bad experience define me?
56:31@RebeccaOpher:Is it better to emphasize a specific character trait we possess with multiple experiences or emphasize a specific experience and seed multiple character traits we have?
57:31@anonymous:Do you have any tips for making an essay unique?
Relating an experience to a concrete lesson or characteristic, check. Show not tell, check. Always answering the "why", check. Anything else?
59:16@anonymous:If you want to talk about a niche or philosophical idea, how can you still make it relatable?
59:39@anonymous:How can we create a memorable last line?
60:26@anonymous:If a challenge isn't life or death, or a serious illness or tragedy, should we avoid the topic?
73:40@Applesauce:My essay begins with a long story about a cleanup I hosted but the beginning of that story isn't extremely interesting. My essay develops into a powerful story about custodian appreciation and I think how it develops makes up for a lack of "hook" in the intro. Is the first sentence of your essay always something that needs to capture the reader's eye or can exceptions be made to this?
74:45@lmarcela601:How can I write an amazing introduction?
75:17@divyamjindal03:Hey ! I spent some time thinking about the learning curve you told me about- the kind of books I read, the people I talked to but while writing about that i'm not able to actively keep in connect with the theme of order and chaos. How can I work on that ?
75:58@anonymous:Would you ever read your own essay that got you into BU?
76:18@anonymous:What if my whole essay is my journey to learning the lesson, but I only talk about how I demonstrated this lesson through my life in the last paragraph briefly? Should I adjust this proportion?
77:22@anonymous:If I want to string together several different narratives that substantiate one singular lesson, what are some important things to do?
79:01@anonymous:At first I put the intro as the second last paragraph, but then someone told me it would work better as an intro. Do you think it wouldn't work there either?
79:25@anonymous:When will the next essay review be? So I can submit my essay in time haha
80:25@Applesauce:In the covid essay are we writing an actual "essay" or can we just write plain sentences explaining?
81:07@divyamjindal03:how do we figure out when an essay is ready for submission ?