Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

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180asBreath
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Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:05 pm

Which do you think would be more compelling?

1. A story about how my parents dropped out of high school and I am the first person in my extended family to go to college

or

2. A story about an obstacle I had in my life; a rich narrative about how I applied myself, persevered, and overcame in obstacle.

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Re: Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

Postby MrAnon » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:10 pm

Doesn't matter. Spend more time worrying about LSAT.

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Re: Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

Postby cinephile » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:17 pm

180asBreath wrote:Which do you think would be more compelling?

2. A story about an obstacle I had in my life; a rich narrative about how I applied myself, persevered, and overcame in obstacle.


The first option isn't really your story, much of it sounds like your parents' story. I'd go with the second.

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Re: Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:30 pm

cinephile wrote:The first option isn't really your story, much of it sounds like your parents' story. I'd go with the second.

Credited. A big mistake is that when people try to weave inspirations into their PS, they almost always end up talking more about the person who inspired them instead of their own accomplishments.

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Re: Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

Postby icecold3000 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:41 am

I would say option number 2, but be sure what you are writing about is actually an obstacle, not a disappointment. This link should be helpful for an OO ps.

http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... art-i.aspx

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Re: Which topic: 1st person to go to college or Overcoming

Postby fashiongirl » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:06 pm

2nd




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