Hey, My high school situation is somewhat erratic. I switched schools a few times. My grades dropped because of that (and a few other things; but it's nothing "bad" - I didn't get kicked out or anything). In any case, it's not very interesting, but it's quite long. As I needed help with my application forms, given the complexity of my situation, I e-mailed various colleges I'm interested in applying to ask how to fill in certain parts of the application. I tried to be as concise as I could, but the e-mail ended up being quite long. I'm picking around 12-16 schools to apply to, and my list actually had more than that. Now, I've already received some responses and they ranged from "GOD, did it have to be this long and complicated? Do I really need to read this thing and reply to this kid? ARGH" to very polite replies, passing through "Quite a story you got there. E-mailing us and asking is definitely better than just sending us the app and have us figure it out on our own." A few seemed a little pissed off. These weren't their exact words, but that's the gist of it. So, I figured that if those same guys will be reading my application (note that, in general, they will keep my e-mail for future reference!), wouldn't it be best if I change it to the guys who sounded nicer and/or more understanding than the one who was pissed? I can't tell for sure, but one or two of them sounded genuinely nice/understanding. The one that seemed most annoyed still tried to be polite, but maybe he/she just had a bad day. And maybe I'm extrapolating too much here, but is it possible that when reading the rest of my application (essays, recommendation letters, etc), he/she actually feels strongly enough about it to hit the "accept button." Either way, I will need to choose no more than 15/16 from that list. I'm not sure what to make of this. It's hard enough to figure out what a college "feels" like from so far away. What I was gonna do is wait until all the colleges have responded, and choose those ones that were "nice/understanding", the ones with the "polite replies" (as in, "I'm being nice because it's my job to be a nice...and maybe I'm just a nice person") and maybe one or two of the "irritated ones."