Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

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Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby freestallion » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:59 am

NYU is my top choice, and I really want to show them I'm interested. I think I have a decent shot right now just looking at my stats, but I really want to make sure I can get in. However, I don't want to apply ED because of scholarships, etc.

Do you think I should write a Why NYU? My reasoning would mainly be based on their pubic interest/human rights opportunities, alumni connections, faculty, and the location. Mostly because of their public interest ethic and opportunities.

Is this worth writing a "Why NYU" or should I incorporate it into my PS somehow, maybe with an extra 2-3 sentences at the end?

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby thecilent » Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:01 am

Just tailor your ps to them. IME, nyu is a little number-whory anyway - meaning I don't think the ps even really matters that much here

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby freestallion » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:36 pm

thecilent wrote:Just tailor your ps to them. IME, nyu is a little number-whory anyway - meaning I don't think the ps even really matters that much here


Thanks, good to hear.

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby Dany » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:42 pm

thecilent wrote:Just tailor your ps to them. IME, nyu is a little number-whory anyway - meaning I don't think the ps even really matters that much here

Yep, this. You are definitely in at NYU. Tailored PS is fine. Hell, untailored will get you in too.

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby freestallion » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:56 pm

Dany wrote:
thecilent wrote:Just tailor your ps to them. IME, nyu is a little number-whory anyway - meaning I don't think the ps even really matters that much here

Yep, this. You are definitely in at NYU. Tailored PS is fine. Hell, untailored will get you in too.


Thanks for the advice! I'll just tailor and add a couple of lines for NYU then.

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby birdlaw117 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:18 pm

freestallion wrote:
Dany wrote:
thecilent wrote:Just tailor your ps to them. IME, nyu is a little number-whory anyway - meaning I don't think the ps even really matters that much here

Yep, this. You are definitely in at NYU. Tailored PS is fine. Hell, untailored will get you in too.


Thanks for the advice! I'll just tailor and add a couple of lines for NYU then.

All very credited. This past cycle I felt like NYU was the most predictable school out of CCNMVPB. Just make sure you don't sound like an idiot in your PS and I doubt you'll have any issues getting in.

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby Yeshia90 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:59 pm

I assume the advice holds true for someone with my stats who will be ED'ing there?

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby birdlaw117 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:08 pm

PSUdevon wrote:I assume the advice holds true for someone with my stats who will be ED'ing there?

Yeah. If you ED, it's pretty clear to them that they're your first choice. I've never understood the reasoning behind "Why X" essays when EDing to a school.

FWIW (which is probably not much), you should definitely be aware that EDing will likely keep you from getting any $$. You have a chance to get in RD, though it certainly isn't guaranteed. You won't ever hear me trying to convince you that NYU isn't a great school and that you shouldn't ED. But, if you would take MVP with 50k over sticker at NYU, it is at least worth considering applying to NYU RD. I think your chances are definitely greater than 50/50 RD (assuming no retake). Just some random thoughts that I'm sure you've probably considered.

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby Yeshia90 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:12 pm

birdlaw117 wrote:
PSUdevon wrote:I assume the advice holds true for someone with my stats who will be ED'ing there?

Yeah. If you ED, it's pretty clear to them that they're your first choice. I've never understood the reasoning behind "Why X" essays when EDing to a school.

FWIW (which is probably not much), you should definitely be aware that EDing will likely keep you from getting any $$. You have a chance to get in RD, though it certainly isn't guaranteed. You won't ever hear me trying to convince you that NYU isn't a great school and that you shouldn't ED. But, if you would take MVP with 50k over sticker at NYU, it is at least worth considering applying to NYU RD. I think your chances are definitely greater than 50/50 RD (assuming no retake). Just some random thoughts that I'm sure you've probably considered.


Of course. But I'm aiming for NYC biglaw, and even $50K less debt isn't worth it if it lessens my chances at all--just as the ED/RD thing goes. I'm not getting more than $50K from anyone--and that would probably be UM, which doesn't appeal as much to me. Plus, I have personal preferences for being in New York, even in the short term, since it's where I have a ton of family and I grew up just outside the city. I'm all in on NYU, and I'll add a few lines to the PS, which partly touches on some of those themes.

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby birdlaw117 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:26 pm

PSUdevon wrote:
birdlaw117 wrote:
PSUdevon wrote:I assume the advice holds true for someone with my stats who will be ED'ing there?

Yeah. If you ED, it's pretty clear to them that they're your first choice. I've never understood the reasoning behind "Why X" essays when EDing to a school.

FWIW (which is probably not much), you should definitely be aware that EDing will likely keep you from getting any $$. You have a chance to get in RD, though it certainly isn't guaranteed. You won't ever hear me trying to convince you that NYU isn't a great school and that you shouldn't ED. But, if you would take MVP with 50k over sticker at NYU, it is at least worth considering applying to NYU RD. I think your chances are definitely greater than 50/50 RD (assuming no retake). Just some random thoughts that I'm sure you've probably considered.


Of course. But I'm aiming for NYC biglaw, and even $50K less debt isn't worth it if it lessens my chances at all--just as the ED/RD thing goes. I'm not getting more than $50K from anyone--and that would probably be UM, which doesn't appeal as much to me. Plus, I have personal preferences for being in New York, even in the short term, since it's where I have a ton of family and I grew up just outside the city. I'm all in on NYU, and I'll add a few lines to the PS, which partly touches on some of those themes.

Can't argue with that. I hope everything works out for you and I see you next fall!

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Re: Should I write a "Why NYU" or tailor personal statement?

Postby Yeshia90 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:27 pm

birdlaw117 wrote:
PSUdevon wrote:
birdlaw117 wrote:
PSUdevon wrote:I assume the advice holds true for someone with my stats who will be ED'ing there?

Yeah. If you ED, it's pretty clear to them that they're your first choice. I've never understood the reasoning behind "Why X" essays when EDing to a school.

FWIW (which is probably not much), you should definitely be aware that EDing will likely keep you from getting any $$. You have a chance to get in RD, though it certainly isn't guaranteed. You won't ever hear me trying to convince you that NYU isn't a great school and that you shouldn't ED. But, if you would take MVP with 50k over sticker at NYU, it is at least worth considering applying to NYU RD. I think your chances are definitely greater than 50/50 RD (assuming no retake). Just some random thoughts that I'm sure you've probably considered.


Of course. But I'm aiming for NYC biglaw, and even $50K less debt isn't worth it if it lessens my chances at all--just as the ED/RD thing goes. I'm not getting more than $50K from anyone--and that would probably be UM, which doesn't appeal as much to me. Plus, I have personal preferences for being in New York, even in the short term, since it's where I have a ton of family and I grew up just outside the city. I'm all in on NYU, and I'll add a few lines to the PS, which partly touches on some of those themes.

Can't argue with that. I hope everything works out for you and I see you next fall!


I'll drink to that!




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