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Yup. It was a couple years ago, but I actually put a good deal of thought into it (probably had 20 drafts).

Despite the edits, it was not at all contrived. Nothing was made up, and it was based on an actual 270-mile hike I did.

Ended up doing pretty well for me too (lots of Ivy acceptances).

Total cost of my actual application process: $50 (for some registration fee).

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