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Can I Send My Entire Writing Portfolio to Admission Offices?

Question: I know that there was already a question concerning supplemental writing samples, but I feel my question is slightly different. I would really like to submit a smaller version of the writing portfolio I have put together on the advice of several teachers, with one piece of writing from each category. Is this a good idea? I feel that my writing talent is very strong, but I don't want to seem like I'm trying too hard by submitting it. Help!

You won't seem like you're "trying too hard." Don't worry about that. If your portfolio torpedoes your admission chances, it will probably be for other reasons. ;) How many pieces will there be altogether? Unless you're applying specifically to a writing major or program, it's unlikely that admission committees will do more than skim several of your submissions. Of course, if your writing is really engaging, it's certainly possible that the admission folks might get "hooked" and read everything.

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