I have a different theory. I actually think that the major influence of the changes to the essays are the admission committees' reaction to the booming admission consulting industry, which now include a number of ex admission committee members.
They are definitely doing that! Those tricky tricky Adcoms..
Have you also noticed the dropping (esp. of most top schools of "Why Us?" questions. I think it's because they know...
@mrsjohnstewart - thanks for the link! interesting read! But I'd hold off till round 2 before coming to abrupt conclusions.. (how many sleepless night in R2 I will have :sigh:)
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