How the "Additional Information" Section Can Make Your Common App Complete
The art of applying to college involves multiple skills. You must find a way to maximize the “impact" of your academic profile, your activities, your writing (essays and responses), references and your overall persona. That can be an intimidating challenge to fit into your Common App.
Keep in mind, though, that your competition -- all the others who are vying for spots at your chosen schools -- will be trying to do the same thing. I've written a lot over the years about “marketing." I use the Dave-coined phrase “student profile marketing." This refers to taking advantage of every possible avenue of your college application process to convince the people weighing your applications that you are, indeed, a worthy addition to their incoming classes.