Am I Bribing the Admissions Committee?

Question: I am on a waiting list at a college that I really want to attend and which does seem to take a number of students off the list every year. In my application I talked about my home-made candy business. If I were to send the admission office a little box of my candies, might it be considered a bribe and work against me?

When a student's application touts specific passions ... such as photography, poetry-writing, oil painting, or cooking ... then "The Dean" actually thinks it can be a smart idea to submit a small sample, especially during this post-decision period when probably only a handful of wait-listed students will end up with good news and when almost every Hail-Mary gambit is worth a shot.

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