Format of Personal Statement.

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OipisLuap
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Format of Personal Statement.

Postby OipisLuap » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:47 pm

Obviously, I know the personal statement does not have to be an MLA-formatted paper or anything like that, but I was wondering if anyone has an idea on a general format for the personal statement. Currently, I am use single spacing, but inserting a line break between each paragraph, like such:

Paragraph 1 - Body

Paragraph 2 - Body

Paragraph 3 - Body

And so on. Furthermore, if anyone has any recommendations on how many paragraphs they think the personal statements should be, please let me know. Thanks for your time and help in advance!

OipisLuap
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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby OipisLuap » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:52 pm

Hahah. C'mon, I know this may be a 'dumb' question, but humor me here!

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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby reasonabledoubt » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:55 pm

This is going to sound unsubstantiated, because it is, but I really don't think it matters much. Just follow the spacing, font-size and length directions. After that it's about content.

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Zapatero
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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby Zapatero » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:59 pm

jayzon wrote:Do not be silly
Everyone knows that essays
Belong in haiku


I actually feel that limericks
are the best of the personal statement tricks
It's a difficult technique
but it would be pretty sweet
to use such a poetic gimmick

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Kiersten1985
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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby Kiersten1985 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:59 pm

Double-space, 1" margins, Times New Roman 12 or 11 pt font in black.

and make sure your name/LSAC# are on each page

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Zapatero
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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby Zapatero » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:24 pm

jayzon wrote:
ccs1702 wrote:
jayzon wrote:Do not be silly
Everyone knows that essays
Belong in haiku


I actually feel that limericks
are the best of the personal statement tricks
It's a difficult technique
but it would be pretty sweet
to use such a poetic gimmick


Although it may be too good to be true,
(and certainly an accomplishment of lyric)
I have heard that they prefer haiku
over, even, a brilliant brand of limerick.
For sure, the latter offers you more space
to list each unique, amazing soft
five whole lines to show them to your place,
promise that your wordplay gets them off.
But the haiku is grace in written word,
and those who use it shine its finer poise,
the essay is not then read, but heard
and the applicant can rise above the noise.

The secret, though, that puts bees in their bonnets:
they cream themselves for personal statement sonnets.


Well played.

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quickquestionthanks
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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby quickquestionthanks » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:38 pm

ccs1702 wrote:
jayzon wrote:Do not be silly
Everyone knows that essays
Belong in haiku


I actually feel that limericks
are the best of the personal statement tricks
It's a difficult technique
but it would be pretty sweet
to use such a poetic gimmick



Kudos to both of you

yeff
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Re: Format of Personal Statement.

Postby yeff » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:37 am

Have a thesis.




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