Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

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Yes or No?

Yes
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No
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thederangedwang
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Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby thederangedwang » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:13 pm

I don't mean a famous quotation like one by a president or shakespear, I mean a personal quote that somebody once said to me which has affected me profoundly.

I know a "famous" quote is a big no-no

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Ginj
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby Ginj » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:14 pm

Ha.

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j12
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby j12 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:16 pm

As I always say, "Never let you quote do for you what you can do for yourself."

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booboo
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby booboo » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:17 pm

I wouldn't recommend it. If I were so inclined to use a quote, however, I would give it a great lead-in.

It is of my opinion that though the first line can set the stage for your application, if you can write a powerful, attention-consuming first paragraph, you're on the way to a great PS.

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Helmholtz
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:18 pm

Crap. This thread would have been a lot better if the OP would have just been "no."

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albusdumbledore
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby albusdumbledore » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:19 pm

"A witty saying proves nothing" - Voltaire

kublaikahn
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby kublaikahn » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:20 pm

Depends on the quote. If it is "Take the last parachute and go!" it probably works. On the other hand, if you are suggesting that a compliment or some wise statement was a life changing event, then I would not use that. Essentially you would be using someone else's words to describe your worldview. Use your own words.

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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby kaiser » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:21 pm

Definitely not. You can easily describe the influence of another without copping out on the introduction by using a quote. It just shows an inability on your part to set the stage and convey the message of the 3rd party. You don't need the actual words at all if you are doing it right.

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Helmholtz
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:24 pm

kublaikahn wrote:Depends on the quote.


Frankly, it's so overdone, corny, and cliched, I don't think it can really ever be done effectively.

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glitter178
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby glitter178 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:33 pm

I quoted Homer Simpson in mine and I stand by that decision.

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puppylaw
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby puppylaw » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:47 pm

People are right to tell you to be careful, but if you can do it well you should. If you think it gives a great start to your essay without succumbing to the pitfalls that often go with using an opening quote, go for it.

sold123
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby sold123 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:43 pm

As long as:

A.) The writer knows the quote ain't the main show.
B.) The writer breaks down the quote sufficiently.
C.) The quote leads into the story organically.

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Cupidity
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby Cupidity » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:52 pm

j12 wrote:As I always say, "Never let you quote do for you what you can do for yourself."


I hope you haven't used that philosophy in your legal writing.

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billyez
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby billyez » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:18 pm

sold123 wrote:As long as:

A.) The writer knows the quote ain't the main show.
B.) The writer breaks down the quote sufficiently.
C.) The quote leads into the story organically.


TITCR

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NZA
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby NZA » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:56 pm

I used a quote to start my PS, and I did fine.

Honestly, just don't pick a shitty quote and you'll be fine.

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vanwinkle
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:57 pm

billyez wrote:
sold123 wrote:As long as:

A.) The writer knows the quote ain't the main show.
B.) The writer breaks down the quote sufficiently.
C.) The quote leads into the story organically.


TITCR

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drmguy
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby drmguy » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:08 pm

You should have your answer based on how contentious it is.

sold123
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Re: Should I Start My Personal Statement with a Quote?

Postby sold123 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:12 pm

EDIT: Wrong Topic.




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