I have heard Edward Tom, the [now retired] Dean of Admissions at Berkeley Law School, say that he would reject someone for a single grammatical error in their personal statement.
The next commonality is the word "personal." A personal statement is not a rehash of your resume, nor is it a summary of why you want to choose a certain major or attend a certain school.
I think I've found it, so I hope it will stick around for a long time.
X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XEven with my stopping to check the word count, I have 10 minutes left. It tells you that I like to be philosophical and historical, and that places like Facebook are places that I don't fit into very well; it tells you that I have a sister who cares enough that she tried to fix the problem for me; it tells you that she knows me well enough that she succeeded.
I could wander over and look at questions just randomly to see what people were writing about.
I've learned an awful lot about transgenderism that I didn't know before, by reading other peoples' answers, or having them critique mine. There is no single answer; a lot of it depends on the personalities of the admissions officers, as well as the institutional goals of the school in question.If the personal statement instructions are to produce a document that is much shorter than two pages, it is often being used primarily as a writing sample.I once had an admissions officer comment about an essay that it took me 10 weeks to drag out of the student, "that's the only essay all year that I read all the way to the end."Since I say that I try to write a new personal statement every year as an example for my students, I'm going to write you one right this minute.I'm setting my timer for 30 minutes, although you'll have a lot more time to clean and polish your essay, but I want to show you what can be done in a brief period of time if you understand what your goal is.X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XI would say that I discovered Quora by accident, but it's probably more true that I discovered it by conspiracy.My sister and perhaps other family and friends decided that my expectations of Facebook were a little too philosophical and a lot too controversial.While we still have a few more days until the official beginning of fall, around here it feels a lot like the season has already begun.Classes are back in session, the leaves are falling off the trees, and most of our counselors have departed for the two-month marathon of flights, high school visits, and college fairs that we call travel season.First, there was ; not the poet, but a man who works for NASA, and has such an encyclopedic knowledge of astronauts and explored space that he could write novels that rival Larry Niven's! He's also really into comic books, but I can skip the questions about superheroes if I choose. I first started following him because, like me, he believes that the most important attribute of a president is her ability to nominate to the Supreme Court.He can draw diagrams that are so clear that even a moron like me can understand them (see what I mean about the Philly definition of “be nice”? But it's not that his politics and mine are harmonious, as much as that he cites fact-filled articles documenting his point of view.