How short is too short?

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cr1stina
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How short is too short?

Postby cr1stina » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:18 pm

I've noticed most applicants find it difficult to keep their personal statement short and concise, but I actually have the opposite problem. I've written 3 different personal statements so far because they keep sounding more like a diversity statement, but thats a whole other issue. Well, all 3 have ranged from 450-580ish words. Right now the statement I like best is at 454 :|

I think I can make it a little longer, but I don't want to sound forced. What do you guys think is too short?

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pjo
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby pjo » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:20 pm

is that considered short? I thought most PS's were around 500-600 words or like 2 pages, no?

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby beachbum » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:22 pm

It seems like the gold standard for personal statements is right around two pages. If you can do that, you're fine.

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby cr1stina » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:24 pm

My statement is currently at 1.25 pages with Times 12 pt font and 1 in margins.

I know that most people submit 2 pages, but is less frowned upon?

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El_Gallo
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby El_Gallo » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:30 pm

I thought this thread was going to be about skirts

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby d34d9823 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:33 pm

My girlfriend says the longer the better, but I imagine it gets physically challenging around 4 inches or so.

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby hijodehombre » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:43 pm

El_Gallo wrote:I thought this thread was going to be about skirts


:lol:

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby kazu » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:24 am

d34dluk3 wrote:My girlfriend says the longer the better, but I imagine it gets physically challenging around 4 inches or so.

I see what you did there :shock:

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby D. H2Oman » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:27 am

d34dluk3 wrote:My girlfriend says the longer the better, but I imagine it gets physically challenging around 4 inches or so.



Size doesn't matter.




Unless it's bank account size.

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kurla88
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby kurla88 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:28 am

I think 454 words is a good length. Probably be refreshing to the adcomms.

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swc65
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby swc65 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:35 am

My PS was about 1.5 double spaced pages. I think you are fine.

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Bosque
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby Bosque » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:54 pm

5'2"

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jmhendri
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby jmhendri » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:55 pm

Bosque wrote:5'2"


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUU.

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby Sentry » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:59 pm

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crossingforHYS
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby crossingforHYS » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:00 pm

jmhendri wrote:
Bosque wrote:5'2"


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUU.

I was eating cereal and almost spit it out when I read that.....
I'm 5'2.....

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Bosque
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Re: How short is too short?

Postby Bosque » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:10 pm

crossingforHYS wrote:
jmhendri wrote:
Bosque wrote:5'2"


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUU.

I was eating cereal and almost spit it out when I read that.....
I'm 5'2.....


For guys. The number is for guys.

The female number is somewhere in the 4"__ area.

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Re: How short is too short?

Postby d34d9823 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:23 pm

Bosque wrote:
crossingforHYS wrote:
jmhendri wrote:
Bosque wrote:5'2"


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUU.

I was eating cereal and almost spit it out when I read that.....
I'm 5'2.....


For guys. The number is for guys.

The female number is somewhere in the 4"__ area.

Watch out for that rake if you're gonna backpedal that fast.




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