Here’s the deal: The answer here is a qualified yes.
My basic assumption is this: If a school actually gives you an optional essay topic in their application, the chances are pretty good they want to hear what you have to say– I’ll talk about that more below.
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Like a lot of other business schools, Babson offers you the opportunity to submit an optional essay, that is, an essay to the three required. What is constantly surprising to me, though, is how few applicants really use this essay to their full advantage. Don’t use this essay just to explain your low GPA, or why you did poorly in your major, or why in one semester you earned 3 D’s, an F, and a Withdrawal. Or, conversely, have some stupendous successes on the job?
Here are five ways in which you can successfully use this option, plus: a stylistic tip and a few examples of how misusing the optional essay can diminish your prospects as well as potentially alienate a very busy Admissions Committee. Use it to explain what happened, how you overcame your performance. All these points can be masterfully addressed in a pithy, example-laden essay. Special circumstances College, test taking, work settings—your performance in all of these settings can easily be affected by a major life crisis or personal challenge.Students applying to Trinity simply need to click the fee waiver box on the Common Application and then click the box that reads “I am a first-generation college student.” Trinity requires a diploma from and certification by an accredited secondary school.The academic program should consist of at least 16 academic units, typically including the following minimum number of courses: Secondary school juniors who have achieved a level of personal and intellectual maturity and of academic competence that implies readiness for college may apply for acceptance by early admission.Trinity College will waive the application fee for first-generation college students.This applies to both domestic and international students.In light of the recent changes made to the SAT exam, students should understand the following when submitting SAT scores: The Trinity College ACT code is 0598 and our CEEB code is 3899.International Applicants International students may need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their results from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).If you’re just doing it because “you think you should,” “everyone else is doing it,” “they say it’s optional, but I think it’s mandatory,” or “I’m sure I can come up with to say,” then don’t write it.Remember, the admissions committees who will be reading your essays read thousands of them every year.By Barbara Selmo | August 31, 2012 I have been blogging about how to embark on the MBA application process as a research project.But a recent conversation I had with a colleague (thanks, James) inspired me to jump right to an aspect of the application that many of you may not be ready for: the optional essay.