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Did anyone score worse on the supplemental/essay this year?

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Happened to me to. My supplementals weren't great to begin with and I reworked my essay slightly this year but it did decrease significantly but everything else stayed the same. Maybe its based relative to the quality of supplementals to other applicants?

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This was my first time applying but my supplemental / Essat score was very low and I thought it was the strongest part of my application! Maybe I was delusional about how my experiences would be viewed but I was surprised to see my score as low as it was. 

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There's an element of subjectivity to marking the supplemental, I would expect to see some variation between years. If yours dropped significantly from last year to this year that would be strange though, mine only changed by like ~0.5.

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Last summer, I stopped by the admissions office to discuss my essay / supplemental portion of the application. One of the clerks told me that students can lose points if they re-submit the same / similar essay from previous year(s), and their essay happens be reviewed and recognized by the same adcom individual. The logic is lack of growth from one year to the next / originality. The admissions committee is only 15-20 people (I believe). She also joked, "do you know how many essays we receive of people being stuck in a storm --> epiphany" 

If you apply again, I highly recommend stopping by the admissions office to ask questions. If you are chatty, they may reveal information that could help set your application apart. 

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1 hour ago, yeeewww said:

Last summer, I stopped by the admissions office to discuss my essay / supplemental portion of the application. One of the clerks told me that students can lose points if they re-submit the same / similar essay from previous year(s), and their essay happens be reviewed and recognized by the same adcom individual. The logic is lack of growth from one year to the next / originality. The admissions committee is only 15-20 people (I believe). She also joked, "do you know how many essays we receive of people being stuck in a storm --> epiphany" 

If you apply again, I highly recommend stopping by the admissions office to ask questions. If you are chatty, they may reveal information that could help set your application apart. 

What does “being stuck in a storm —> epiphany” mean?

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My interpretation was that a lot applicants start their essays discussing a situation when they had to overcome a tough experience. Ultimately, the applicant reaches an epiphany / moment of clarity that they want to "help others" etc etc. 

My take home: avoid cliches. 

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