I just finished my application to Columbia College, and I thought the essay part said not to be more than 4,000 words, but it said no more than 4,000 CHARACTERS. That's like spaces, indents, line breaks, letters, everything. My essay is around 2500 words. That's about 11000 CHARACTERS!!! Now I need to strip it down to 4000 characters to submit it, and I busted my ass writing it. I have no idea what to get rid of, let alone how to get rid of 7000 characters. fuck fuck fuck. HELP!