Under 'Additional Information' in the Common App the following prompt appears:
"Please provide an answer below if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application. You may enter up to 650 words."
I have extenuating circumstances that I think colleges should know about, but would writing another 650 word essay damage my chances? It just seems like a lot for them to read in addition to the rest of the application. I don't want to devalue my other essays by making my application too long and cumbersome.