All applicants using the Common App must respond to the personal essay. According to
Deborah Marconda, Manager, “From all the applications I’ve seen and schools I’ve worked with, the personal essay is by far the most important piece of the application process.”
The personal essay has a big impact on the outcome of your application. Be sure to stay within the 650 word limit and leave enough time to edit and refine your essay. If possible, ask several people to review your essay before submitting it.
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