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A few quesitons about work experience essays and transcript [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2011, 09:50
Hi,

I just had a few questions about work experience essays and school transcripts.

1) Some of the applications like Harvard's as for you to explain in 250 words what your biggest accomplishments are and what your biggest challenges are and some of your responsibilities. These questions are under your work experience and not under the essays. Should I be treating these exactly as essays? (ie well written, non bullet point?)

2) I have attended many schools. I took 4.5 years to get my undergraduate degree, spending 2 years at my first undergraduate institution, and my 2.5 years at my degree granting institution. Along the way, I also took courses, which I received credit for towards my degree at a third institution. Post undergraduate, I spent time at a lesser name school, technically as a graduate student, but I only have taken a few sciences classes (5 classes) as a part timer.

My question is should I name all the schools I have attended post/during undergraduate? Or should I elect to only report schools that counted towards my undergraduate degree. The reason I ask is because I feel that my graduate courses veer away and make my application look bad, even though I did well. Do schools have a means of checking all schools which a student has attended?

3) Should I reporting my true salary/bonus? Does this matter?

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Re: A few quesitons about work experience essays and transcript [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2011, 14:48
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Hello Vster541, thanks for your question.

1) I think either approach could work for you. Regardless of whether you opt for a paragraph or bullet points, I think 250 words is enough space for full sentences.

2) My best guess is that you are only obligated to list institutions at which you took courses toward a degree. It’s your call in terms of listing your post-undergraduate courses. Many applicants use these classes to their benefit (e.g., showing that they are solid in math), so mention this work need not be to your detriment necessarily.

3) I would accurately list your salary and bonus. The information you list will be verified by a background check, upon acceptance.

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