Quick don’t-do-this reminder, since it’s something that we are repeating again and again in essay reviews to BSers.
NO ACRONYMS IN ESSAYS.
We say this All. The. Time. (And, Pro Tip: If you’ve solicited help from the ‘Snark on your essays then we kind of recommend going back through at least the past month or so of posts to make sure you’re not committing the mistakes that we have talked about recently. Because that would be like embarrassing, wouldn’t it?)
This is from an MIT Sloan Admissions Chat in December 2015:
[Applicant Name] 10:08:47 AM
Hello, i’ve just graduated engineering school in Canada and have been recruited into Monitor Deloitte’s Strategy consulting practice in Calgary. In addition to making the most of my job (progression, impact, etc) what can I do in terms of ECAs to strengthen my application?
Harriet Barnett, Admissions
Hi [Applicant]: I don’t know what ECAs are, but I would advise you to write a lucid, cogent application that answers our questions so that we want to interview you in person.
Granted, most of you – if you stare at it long enough – probably can figure out what “ECAs” are.
But your adcom person, reading your essay? They should not have to stare at it.
And a separate note on how we work with BSers: If you keep sending in stuff for review that has these rookie mistakes – even when we point them out again and again – then what will happen is that we’ll stop pointing them out. Because either you’re stubborn (which is fine, they’re your essays, do them the way you want!) or you’re not paying attention (aka “lazy”? dunno but not a very attractive trait to be confronted with when we’re trying to help you).
We’ve got essays to read, so if you’re looking for ways to procrastinate today instead of WRITING essays, then feel free to dig into the ‘Snarchive – there’s only like about 1,500 posts here now and shucks, who knows, maybe lurking in one or two is some useful information that you can
choose to ignore leverage to make your essays lucid and cogent. 😉