hds2388 wrote:GentlemanJim wrote:hds2388 wrote:GentlemanJim wrote:What are your thoughts? Is this an automatic fail? I wrote a personal statement that is about 1000 words/3 pages, which was fine for the three schools I most wanted to apply to, but for a lot of schools that is just way too long. Here's the problem: this is the best thing I've ever written. No matter what I do, I just can't trim it down significantly. I'm an excellent writer, so it's not that I don't know how to edit. It's just the thing is so damn good. I honestly can't imagine an admissions staffer not being impressed, provided they took the time to read it.
So, that being said, my question: will they read it?? Is sending in a personal statement that is too long something that will screw you over outright? Anyone have any experience here?
Post it on here. I guarantee people will find plenty to trim out. Its much harder to trim your own writing. I'm sure they told you this when they gave you your pulitzer.
I can't post it on here. Contains (non-sensitive, but still nfpc) info about my job.
I've had people look at it, and at one point someone (a professional writer) was able to trim it a bit (200 words), but it lost some punch.
So a professional writer suggested you cut out things after reading it, but you disagree. I mean, that's all well and good, but it matters how your essay is perceived not how you intend it to be perceived. If it can lose two hundred words, then do it.
I would love to submit the honors thesis I wrote...It is really good. It is also 60 pages. Instead of doing that, I just submitted a regular old 2 page personal statement that I would've loved an extra page of room to make better, but on which I instead chose to adhere to directions.
This sounds meaner than I intend it to...please don't be offended. If you are offended, channel that rage into slicing sections from your PS.
No, I absolutely appreciate your input. Problem with the edits is it still doesn't quite satisfy the requirements.
For the record, I will definitely write a new PS, just to have an alternative. But it pains me to set aside something I know is that good.
I might also add that the topic is a bit heavy (Iraq-related), and too much brevity makes it sound a bit flippant.