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All interests pursued on your own will be to your advantage, positioning you as an interesting, well-rounded person. However, you don’t need to present admissions officers with samples of all you have practiced. Evaluating these takes a lot of time, so admisiions committees hope they receive only samples that show real talent. If you love drawing and you do spend a couple of hours a week at it, you should definitely mention it in your application. However, if your best accomplishment is a replica of your favourite manga strip, you’d better not send it. Well, if you have created your own comic and you do believe it’s great, do send it after thinking twice and asking people whose judgement you appreciate.

Here’s what Yale says about sending supplementary materials:

You should think carefully before submitting supplementary material with your Yale College application. Many successful applicants submit only the items that we require. There are also cases in which too many submissions, or submissions that do not reflect a high level of talent, can actually work against a candidate. Because the Admissions Committee gives greatest weight to the documents required of all applicants, we recommend that students focus their energies primarily on these elements of the application.

Supplementary submissions make sense for students with clearly substantial and well-developed talent that cannot be adequately conveyed in the rest of the application. Due to the large number of applications that Yale College receives, we cannot evaluate all supplementary materials that are sent to us. Admissions officers and faculty members will be selective in choosing which submissions to review.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I would add:
    ‘Or just ask Nikola Chonkov and he will tell you anything about Yale’ 😀 😉

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