DS or PS?

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mediation_86
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DS or PS?

Postby mediation_86 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:27 pm

Should I write a DS based on the following:

Being first generation, 1st to go to a university in my family, mom and dad did not have any education in the states (not even high school or an AA), learned things the hard way due to a naive new generation family in America (been arrested and convicted of fighting, went through a gambling problem in college which resulted in attending GA)

Was thinking to include struggles my family had to overcome, including the upbringing of my teenage years to explain for factors such as an unguided path, resulting in my arrest. Explaining how that event had changed my life which resulted in a more mature outlook. Also in the beginning of college, gambling addiction along with joining a fraternity ruined 1st year grades. After attending GA and maturing from fraternity life, once again I became more mature and have gotten a 3.8 GPA and have not gambled at a casino ever since. I know some may argue that I am making mistakes over and over again, but this time I believe I have matured to the fullest level, especially having experience what it feels like to be in jail, the experience of a compulsive gambler, and knowing what priority is most important.

I am not sure if this would qualify as a DS or if it should be included in my PS, but any suggestions from you guys would be great. Thanks again

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Re: DS or PS?

Postby northwood » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:28 am

this sounds like a good personal essay

maybe a diversity essay if you can keep it to overcoming barriers and educational gaps ( you will have to explain your families native culture and location)

dont talk about your arrest in either essay. a PS or DS needs to be 100% positive about you. arrests go in another addendum, seperate from your gpa addendum. dont make it sound like a sob story either. This topic is very hard to do well, as one may tend to focus on the negatives, or make excuses. dont fall into that trap.

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Re: DS or PS?

Postby mediation_86 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:14 pm

alright thank you, so I should not even mention my arrest? I have heard it would be smart to mention it in a ps and mention how I grew from it. I dont know, what else do others suggest?

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Re: DS or PS?

Postby northwood » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:34 pm

i would not do that personally, because its a negative time in your life, and is a negative mark on your character. The addendums is to explain how you grew from that.




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