chayatshuva wrote:This might be literally THE dumbest question of all time. But I feel very compelled to ask it and because I just want to know ahead of time if I did something stupid or if it's okay and I shouldn't panic.
So for my Yale 250, I submitted part of a paper I had written. It is pretty scientific and dry.. not something I composed for Yale specifically. Is that okay? Or have I already totally ruined my chances at admissions?
I wanted to echo what Axe said here. The key is to find something that is well written and means something to you. I've met lots of people here who submitted portions of previous papers. Some people go a completely different route and write something new that's very personal. In the end its all about painting a more complete picture of who you are as an applicant. The possibilities are literally endless for how you can do with this, but I wouldn't overthink it. Just be you and write what you're passionate about. If that means quoting an awesome portion from a paper that demonstrates your ability as a writer, then that is just fine! If it means talking about a movie you're passionate about, or talking about something completely random then that works just as well.
In any case, good luck all. I hope you all hear good news soon.