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New post 17 Aug 2008, 17:24
Question for everyone, I am writing Columbia's optional essay, not to address a weakness, but to highlight my extra-curriculars, simple because I could not fit them in the previous 3 essays. I plan on using the entire 500 words to write about my achievements in this area of my life (leadership positions..etc). I have been told that I should not use 500 words as it is an optional essay and should only use about two paragraphs as it shows lack of an understanding about the volume of apps that the reader needs to go through.

My thinking is, if they give me 500 words, I am entitled to using it, otherwise why put a limit?

Any thoughts?

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New post 17 Aug 2008, 17:43
Where does Columbia say that the optional essay can be up to 500 words?
I personally think optional essays shouldn't go more than 250 words. That's the soft word limit I'll be imposing on myself.

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New post 17 Aug 2008, 17:53
Good point! I guess I must have imagined its 500 words..250 it is

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