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doclover
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Which topic?

Postby doclover » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:39 pm

I'd love your opinion - which is a better personal statement idea?

1. My experience volunteering at an elephant sanctuary.

2. Leaving home after college to find work in a "big" (West Coast) city - no guarantee of success, ended up having to support myself working as a receptionist for a year before finding a job in my vocation.
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bk1
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Re: Which is better?

Postby bk1 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:41 pm

Probably 1. 2 seems like resume regurgitation as well as being "your fault" for that situation.

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Re: Which is better?

Postby doclover » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:46 pm

bk1 wrote:Probably 1. 2 seems like resume regurgitation as well as being "your fault" for that situation.


Good point. You don't think I could frame it as "I'm a risk-taker, I am tenacious"?

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Re: Which topic?

Postby JDizzle2015 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:45 pm

Number one would be more memorable, I think. However, I've been told by AdComm that it can be tough to write a compelling travel abroad personal statement. If you can talk about volunteering at the elephant sanctuary and effectively illustrate your personal goals/values/etc then I'd go for it.

I think number two is just an easier framework for a personal statement. Granted, it likely won't be as memorable.

I'd go with number one, if you're up for the challenge. ;)

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Re: Which topic?

Postby ix88 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:45 am

1 b/c it is different.

Not 2 b/c I've seen far too many PSes about that sort of stuff.

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Re: Which topic?

Postby doclover » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:08 pm

Thanks, everybody - I value your opinions immensely. I hope I'm up for the challenge, JDizzle2015. I guess we will see - I'm going to go for #1 and I'll let you know where it takes me.




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