My son called the admissions office today regarding an application question. While speaking to the admissions officer, it was strongly "suggested" that he complete the candidate statements as soon as possible. DS's original plan was to work on those after school started so he could have his English teacher proof them. But now they are moving up in the priority list. Where do these statements factor into the weighting of the overall application? Are they looking for creative writing exercises like some of the college applications are (informal tone, personal connection, pull on heart strings) or is it better to stick with a more formal academic writing style? Any other tips?