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28 words over. does it matter?

28 words over. does it matter?
« on: November 10, 2008, 05:43:29 PM »
GW's optional statement calls for 300 or less.  Not over by much (+28), so should I cut it down or does it not matter because adcomms dont care about personal statements and optional essays anyways.

Re: 28 words over. does it matter?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008, 05:46:40 PM »
28 words is not significant in my opinion.  I wouldn't worry about it.  They won't notice.

Re: 28 words over. does it matter?
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2008, 06:24:26 PM »
Talked to the GW adcomms about this last year. They don't count words and only really mean 1/2 of a page by 300 words.

This could be a good exercise in striking word surplusage, but don't kill yourself.

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Re: 28 words over. does it matter?
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008, 07:55:22 PM »
I'd follow the directions if I was you. 

Guaranteed there is something that can be chopped somewhere in your statement.

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Re: 28 words over. does it matter?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008, 11:18:54 PM »
Following instructions and concise writing both fall into the category of good life skills.

That sentence, however, does not.