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Is there Anything Else?: Answering Greenlight Scholars Essays Part 2

by Tyler Nakatsu, on Nov 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM


The goals of this application are to reflect your unique interests, experiences, capabilities, and pursuits. Towards this end, is there anything else you would like us to know? (250 word limit)

For many students, and even some college counselors, the additional information section can be a baffling element of applications. Is it an extra essay? A resume? An extended activity list? A space for accolades? A writing sample? It’s best to think of it as an opportunity to share with colleges “anything else” they need to understand you as a student and person.

Here are some examples of topics to discuss:

  • A significant extracurricular activity (such as service, leadership, or art) that you have not fully described elsewhere
  • Any extenuating circumstance(s) that may have affected your academic performance
  • Major extracurricular academic work, such as scientific research or creative writing
  • Employment or entrepreneurship
  • Components of your identity, such as ethnicity, nationality, gender orientation, or disability that you feel colleges should know about

Can I use this space for an extra essay? Yes! If you didn’t select the defining moments essay in part one, you can share it here. Students who do not feel that they have obvious topics will most likely leave this section blank. That is 100 percent OK. You might, however, include an extra essay to reveal another aspect of your character you think colleges should know.

One key to answering this question is being brief and direct as you are limited to only 250 words. Speak directly to the college admission officer who will review your application. This section is your opportunity to share any unusual circumstances that might not show up in other parts of your application--have you moved a lot or attended multiple schools?

The anything else prompt allows you to share a story that doesn’t fit neatly in anywhere else. What story you decide to focus on is entirely up to you. Just make sure you’re not rehashing information that’s in your application already.

This blog is part of a series to help students complete the Greenlight Scholars application essays originally published on We invite you to use Story2 EssayBuilder™ -- free for Greenlight Scholars-- to plan, organize and complete all your admission and scholarship essays.
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