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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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