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[经验总结] COLBY AO亲口告诉你申请ESSAY写作大忌

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seeyou123 发表于 2014-9-25 09:26:55 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式

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We have spent the past two weeks getting back into shape for the heavy work of application review that occupies the winter months in Lunder House. Nearly all of the first round Early Decision applications have been read several times and the final decisions will be hammered out in time to get the letters in the mail this coming Wednesday afternoon, December 12.  After 5 p.m. on Friday, December 14, ED I applicants will be able to access their decisions on the Admissions website using their previously-issued user names and passwords./ Z. {4 t4 D% }- v2 v! T& D

This warm-up, if you will, provides us with an opportunity to convey some cautionary notes to those who will be applying in time for our January 1 deadline. I took a stroll through Lunder and asked my esteemed colleagues for their best advice. Here we go:
1. Respect the word/character limits for the written responses. We have a lot to read and while we’re truly interested in your ideas, please stick to the prescribed space.
2. Be yourself. Don’t try to write what you think we want to read. The essay is our way of seeing your personality; we’re interested in who you actually are, as opposed to who you think we want you to be.6 n+ t! s% Y6 M) K. 涓浜-涓夊垎-鍦帮紝鐙鍙戝竷
3. And in this same vein, write about what’s important to you. Any topic you can think up – well, we’ve probably read an essay about it. But having said that, please don’t write about your sex life. We’ve seen those essays from time to time, and in fact, they do stand out, but just don’t do this, OK?CUUS -- Chinese Undergraduates in the United States. J, }3 P2 h# _) o- v-google 1point3acres
4. Get to the point. This relates to #1, above. Right from the first sentence, you need to let us know what this essay is about. A subset of this concept relates to our Colby Supplemental essay, in which we ask you to choose one of five quotations and write about it with respect to yourself. At the end of the essay, it should be very clear to us which of those quotations you selected.4 W4 H/ }- T* d3 b- R3 N. visit 1point3acres.com for more.
5. Put some effort into your “Why Colby” response. The most obvious point, and we make it over and over again in our presentations, is not to mention Bates or the Green Mountains of Vermont, etc. This would not exclude you from contention, but it’s not going to impress us either. Beyond that, do a little research and make sure you are specific to Colby. Mention your tour guide, or the visit to the Art Museum, or a specific course or two from the catalog, or something you read in insideColby. Your reasons are important to us.3 R; [: K" S/ U7 ]- Q
6. The more information you provide in the optional section, the better. This is in fact optional information and we certainly do not hold it against you if you choose not to complete it. But the fact is: the more we know about you, the better decision we’ll be able to make. And the social security number is often used to match your SAT and/or ACT results with your application.* e3 p/ `+ l, i/ o' |( b. y
7. If you have something to explain, explain it. If you had a bad second semester in your SOPhomore year, tell us why. If you couldn’t take Physics because it wouldn’t fit in your schedule, let us know. If you had to change schools three times, let us know the story. If a tragedy has befallen your family, it might be helpful for us to take that into consideration, and you don’t need to make it an appeal for sympathy.
8. Presentation is important. Please please please preview your application before you hit the Submit button. I read an essay yesterday in which words were clumped together without spaces. Sometimes the paragraph breaks don’t make sense. You can see this before you submit, so you can take corrective action. Also, don’t rely entirely on Spell Check: homonyms can be your undoing. And don’t swear. We’re not prudes, but all the same you should use appropriate language. It’s part of being a grown up.
And a quick note to any ED I applicants: if your decision is deferred and you are to be reconsidered in the regular pool, please don’t assume that if you made one of the gaffes noted above, you were automatically deferred. It’s unlikely that a single blunder cost you that early acceptance. If you want to revise anything, feel free to do so.- x$ v: ^9 s* A
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Good luck, one and all, as you juggle the completion of your applications, the start of your winter sport season, or that seasonal job at the mall, or play practice for the winter production, or the anticipation of Aunt Gladys coming over for the holidays. Or maybe all of the above.

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