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Asked by NostalgicChills (2759 points ) January 2nd, 2013

I applied to the Culinary Institute of America and sent everything in 3 weeks ago. Originally the college essay was a 500 word essay describing who your Culinary Inspiration was. Around the time I finished my essay, they decided to change the admissions essay to these short essay questionS (emphasis on the “s”), 100 words each. I emailed my admissions officer when I noticed this change and asked if I could send in my essay instead, because it was finished and ready to go, and those were the directions I was given. Today, I got an email saying that I still needed to send in my “short essay questions” so I sent her an email back that says I sent everything in already, and I reminded her what she told me. Well anyways, I don’t know if all that background information was necessary, but what I want to know is, can I be penalized (as in rejected) because I sent in the essay instead of the short essay answers? I really hope not. All I want is my acceptance letter. :(

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I would send in the short essays. She controls the doors to the place you want to get in. It pays to stroke her a little and don’t contradict her. Sometimes you just have to suck up to people that control what you want. I don’t know if sending in the long essay hurt your chances, but it probably doesn’t help your chances.

zenvelo's avatar

They changed the rules on you, but the rules are what need to be followed for you to get accepted. Do what @Adirondackwannabe suggests, write the new short essays, and don’t complain to them, just complain to others to get it off your chest.

bookish1's avatar

Wow, that’s a bummer. Super flakey of them. They should have changed the rules well before the open period for applications.
But I agree with the above advice. In this case, the one who is “right” is the bureaucrat enforcing “the protocol,” no matter what your memory and archive of correspondence tell you.
Best of luck!! Hope you get that letter soon!

gailcalled's avatar

Five mini-essays of 100 words each isn’t onerous; just do it. That way, there can be bureacratic snafu. (I just wrote 19 words. It took me about 20 seconds. And there are another 10.)

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I think that you’re being treated very unfairly. You followed the prescribed rules, only to have them change after the fact.

But, I also think that you’re likely to suffer if you stand your ground and fight back. The school has nothing to lose by rejecting your application, but you’ll have many regrets if you lose out because of “the principle of it.” This sounds like one of those situations when you simply need to shrug it off and get back to work. Five short essays shouldn’t be too difficult to write or take much time.

Good luck, and I hope you’ll get a prompt acceptance letter!

NostalgicChills's avatar

I emailed my admissions officer again just to be sure and she said it’s okay that I sent in the essay instead of the questions. So fingers crossed.

Tachys's avatar

Doing both assignments will show what a diligent worker you are. Do the mini essays.

NostalgicChills's avatar

@Tachys, But I sent everything in 3 weeks ago, this is around the time they should be getting back to me with my letter. Do you think I should do it anyways?

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gailcalled's avatar

If you have the time and can write quickly and in a playful or lighthearted manner, it may make the admissions committee laugh. They are exhausted now. Or simply send them a box of homemade chocolate chip cookies.

NostalgicChills's avatar

Great, my admissions officer keeps sending me a message saying I’m missing this and that and this. I sent everything in 3 weeks ago!
This is SO frustrating I could cry.

bookish1's avatar

@NostalgicChills, did you make a check list and double and triple check everything before you sent it in? Do you have copies of anything?

I think it is a good sign that at least your admissions office let you know you are [supposedly] missing things, rather than using that to reject your application outright. I have sent in so many applications and have never been told that I was missing something. Believe me, this is rare.

As people on here have said, play along with the bureaucrat. Take a deep breath and do what you can do. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@NostalgicChills Don’t get frustrated. You’re dealing with beaurocrats. This is typical of how they act. You’ll have to deal with them the rest of your life. Just send them what they want. i know it’s not fair but that’s how they work. It’s harder to apply logic and common sense than it is to just go along with them. Believe me, in the long run it’s easier to just give them what they want.

gailcalled's avatar

@NostalgicChills: Call the Admissions Office tomorrow and talk to a real person. Tell him your problem and ask him to check your application to see whether it is complete.

NostalgicChills's avatar

I never updated you guys on what happened, I talked to my admissions officer, and she said they are “reviewing it as we speak”. This was 2 weeks ago.

10 minutes ago she called me and…. I GOT ACCEPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’M SO SO SO SO SO SO SO ECSTATIC RIGHT NOW- HOLY FLIPPING COW.
_Please excuse my juvenile ways, but I am super excited right now__

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@NostalgicChills CONGRATULATIONS! You’re not juvenile at all. This is your time to celebrate and be bursting with excitement.

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Tachys's avatar

Great job! Now send out thank you notes!

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