Should I do the optional your space section of Vassar's application?Answered
Your Space is your opportunity to allow the Committee on Admission to learn something about you that you have not addressed in another section of the application. Your Space is entirely optional. If you choose to include a Your Space submission, be sure it is labeled with your name, high school, and date of birth. Due to the volume of submissions, we will be unable to return your work. Please do not send anything that is irreplaceable.
Should I do this if I all have is a PRETTY GOOD creative writing essay and a very good research paper? Can I submit a research paper here? Will I be penalized for not submitting anything?
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The "your space" is to provide Vassar with add'l information about you that unless submitted does not give the application readers a complete picture of your narrative, personality, and passions. If your application is a complete picture of who you are and what your strengths and talents are, then it's not necessary to add more information to your file. Adding a 2nd or 3rd essay or writing sample doesn't make you a better writer and just more for them to read. If your main essay and supplemental essays are the best they can be and excellent examples of your writing then I would leave it alone. If however, you feel that Vassar needs more information to evaluate you as a candidate then I would add that material in this available space.
You will not be penalized for not using "Your Space" which is entirely optional.
I would only submit the essay or research paper if they are examples of your best work ever. Pretty good and very good doesn't seem to mean the very best examples of your work ever correct.
Again, this is an optional section, if you bog down the reader and give them too much to sort through, they may not focus on what you really want them to know about you. Nevertheless, you should make sure your application has zero typos or grammatical errors prior to submission.
Best of luck. Vassar is a lovely college.
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