Thereâ€™s nothing like touching up an essay you think is perfect, sending it to one of your reviewers, and seeing it covered in red comment updates when they return it.Â I guess one thing Iâ€™ve learned from this process is that everyone seems to know how to use the â€œtrack changesâ€ feature in Microsoft Word now.
Donâ€™t get me wrong, I definitely value the feedback.Â Itâ€™s definitely improved my essays and at the end of the day, Iâ€™m still the head chef: I get to decide what goes out.Â But no matter how many times I go through this, itâ€™s always an arduous experience.Â Most of the updates are small, such as grammar catches and rephrasing suggestions.Â However, some point a big question mark at your entire essay and make you think about whether youâ€™re going in the right direction.
Up to this point, Iâ€™ve only trashed one essay completely, and that was only so I could use the example in another essay within the same app.Â But Iâ€™m getting to a point where I realize that my essays will never be perfect.Â No matter how many times I revise a 300 word count essay, there will always be some flaw that some person can point out.Â Iâ€™ve accepted that.Â But before I head into the final leg of updates this weekend, I think Iâ€™m going to focus less on the technical aspects and more on whether my essays stand out.Â You can write the most technically sound essay in the world, but if itâ€™s not interesting, youâ€™re just going to be another essay out of the thousands the adcom needs to read.
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Your point is a great one. It reminds me of the saying, â€œtoo many cooks.â€ When choosing readers/editors for your admissions essays it is more important to choose the right critic â€” someone who has insight into what the school is looking for.