We were dusting off some ancient emails and essays and et cetera that we’ve accumulated over the years and came across an email that was submitted for a review but that never when up on the blahg. It was written for the Tuck scholarship application in 2011. We managed to give the BSer some feedback on it privately but we never posted it.
Here’s the note that the BSer sent with it:
Im the one who asked you about scholarship essay on Twitter 🙂
I know you are busy with your Paying clients as you call them but just a quick question
Are you supposed to mention your GMAT/ GPA in your scholarship essay. MY GPA isnt that good but in the essay i still say its good 😛 cause my school was super tough and I took really tough courses. Most people flunk, and I didnt.. so I think I did ok
Ok so here is mine.. The question is just “Brief Biographical Essay”. No mention about word limit or anything. (I tried not to whine about having no money 😛 )
To finally formally respond to this person even though they are likely long gone from the Snarkville scene:
First: We love questions on Twitter, everyone is encouraged to send those.
Second: LOL yes they are so-called “Paying clients” that is too funny! (Even though we feel like WE are the ones to “pay” in the relationship sometimes!!)
Third: What is UP with your capitalization and punctuation?!? Yes, this was just a little note to the ‘Snark, but still… some oddities going on there.
And Fourth, on the GPA thing which is the whole purpose of this post (thanks for sticking with us!):
You know that we hate it whenever we see anyone bending the truth… But what you’ve done in the essay (which we’ll get to sometime – we promise!) is actually legit.
To BSers everywhere:
If your school was super hard and you did better than most people, then even if on an absolute scale your marks seem dismal, you’re in the clear to claim you “did well” – as long as you’re not fooling anyone. This is tricky territory but we’re going to support you in the theory of what you’ve done. We never saw this BSer’s actual transcripts and don’t know anything about what school they went to, so we can’t say for sure. We just wanted to comment that this sort of “interpretation” of your grades is fine, and can even be welcome or appropriate, to help your audience put your performance into context.
If you have doubts about your academic performance because you know there are some glitches in the record, then you may want to pick up the Transcripts & Grades App Accelerator – it walks you through the way that the adcoms evaluate the academics and helps you to self-assess your own transcripts. If your history has some flaws, then it gives you a means to evaluate just how severe those may be (including an “Oh No!” quiz!). Then, if you decide you need to take action to improve some of these weaknesses, you can submit your plan to EssaySnark for input.
And if you want help on that Tuck scholarship essay… well, here you go!