PS Topic - Too political?

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MissElphaba
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PS Topic - Too political?

Postby MissElphaba » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:17 pm

I'm writing my personal statement about individualism and my desire to work defending individual liberties. I didn't want to include politics in my personal statement, but I have two pretty political internships on my resume and I'm editor for a conservative/libertarian paper so I thought it might be better to just own it since they'll know my political orientation regardless. What do you all think? Avoid politics at all costs, or is it ok if I keep it pretty philosophical?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:24 pm

Topic is fine, but execution will determine the answer to your question.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby hooma » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:28 pm

If you keep it very philosophical ad comms may not even know your political orientation. You certainly don't want to alienate your reader, and it's very possible to talk about how much you love personal liberty without alienating a liberal or conservative. Your reader may be radically liberal and still be able to relate and even assume that you hold similar views as long as you don't get too specific.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:35 pm

Liberal or conservative slant should not be a problem, but specific issues could be.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby theadvancededit » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:14 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Topic is fine, but execution will determine the answer to your question.


+1

If you write about your experience objectively and don't treat your statement as a soapbox, you'll be fine.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby lulzalicious » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:20 pm

I asked a similar question recently in this thread and there are a few answers in there that would help you out.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby midwestls » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:21 pm

Personally, I wouldn't do it, regardless of your political orientation.

Why? Because there's a chance it will turn some people off and cost you opportunities. Is that fair? Probably not, but it's reality.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby icecold3000 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:05 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Topic is fine, but execution will determine the answer to your question.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:58 pm

icecold3000 wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:Topic is fine, but execution will determine the answer to your question.

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Re: PS Topic - Too political?

Postby MissElphaba » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:11 pm

Thanks guys!




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