First, how many teacher recommendations are you supposed to have? As many as you can get? And is any weight given to who the teacher is? I saw someone's post about how they got recs from esteemed teachers or something like that.. and the teachers I have so far are really excellent but I'm not sure if Carleton would think so?
Also, on the application there's that spot for any "Extra information." I heard that it is bad to leave areas like that blank, but I'm not sure what exactly I should write there or how it should be structured (essay vs. one paragraph, formal vs. informal, etc.). I feel like I should write something there to prove to them that I really, really want to attend Carleton, but I'm not sure how to do that.
Does it help you to apply ED? I need all the help I can get because I don't have very many extracurriculars (I've been in debate for 4 years and it literally takes over my life and I can never join anything else). I could list some community service things that I've done for NHS but I don't know if they would count because I only did each of them once.
Finally, everyone always says the essay is the most important part. I originally wrote mine on a teacher that I had for three years who really did change my life, but now I'm considering changing it because I heard that the prompt about a person who had a significant influence on you is really overdone and can get really boring to read. Any thoughts? I'm hoping that as long as the essay is well-written it won't matter, but I just don't want to be cliche.
Thank you so much!