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# Changing margins

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05 Nov 2009, 13:26
just wanted to see if it was okay to make smaller margins for essays that specify page length, not word length, especially if they have not specified what the margins should be.

funny how i thought i could not possibly write two pages, but now i'm at 3
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05 Nov 2009, 14:16
I thought about that too on a school I was applying for. In the end, I shortened the essays. I think if you change the margins a little, it won't be a bit deal, but if you are trying to squeeze 3 pages into 2 pages, the AdCom or the person reading the essays may not appreciate it. It's extra work for them. This sort of ties into only using the optional essays to address true deficiencies.
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05 Nov 2009, 14:37
I'd try to shorten the essay. Remember, that the admissions officers are reading hundreds of apps, so if it's a strain on the eyes to read...you'll get thrown out, or if it's clearly too long and dense. Generally speaking, a concise, well written essay has significantly more impact, even if the content is the same, when compared to a longer essay...I'd try to clip content, unless you were doing something ridiculous like using 2 inch margins...remember, in addition to giving them reasons to admit you in your essays, you're also trying to not give them reasons to ding you...don't try to get clever to bypass their limits.
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