Should I write about X or Y?

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Should I write about X or Y?

Postby calidancer2 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:05 pm

i have no diversity or truly tough life experiences to write about. i'm going back and forth between writing on the following two topics:

1. an extraordinarily unique job- but it has nothing to do with the legal field. simply a job that everyone is fascinated by, that few people have ever/will ever hold (but is considered 'entry-level') and wants to know more about

2. addressing what could possibly be a 'ding' on my app- quitting/resigning from an TFA/Peace Corps/AmeriCorps position before completion. it was for safety/security issues, but i still feel it reflects poorly on my resume.

thoughts, TLSers? Or should I scrap both and try to come up with something new? I want to apply the first day apps open. I'm starting as a CASA in July/August so could possibly write about that, though I will be brand-new to it. I'm also starting a year of public service in August so could write about that, but if I want to submit apps in September I feel like writing about something I've been a part of for a ~month won't sound genuine.
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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby gaud » Thu May 31, 2012 3:11 pm

Will writing about #1 tell schools what they need to/should know about you?

I'd save #2 for an addendum or something, not a personal statement.

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby laxbrah420 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:12 pm

tfa is sort of different than peace corps.

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby calidancer2 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:13 pm

gaud wrote:Will writing about #1 tell schools what they need to/should know about you?

I'd save #2 for an addendum or something, not a personal statement.



I'm brand new to writing a PS, so forgive me, but what do you mean by need to/should know about me? It's an interesting life experience and I can definitely say it taught me some very handy and unique life skills. It also helped me decide I want to work in-house eventually.

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby calidancer2 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:15 pm

laxbrah420 wrote:tfa is sort of different than peace corps.




They're very different, I'm aware. Trying to protect my identity. Just not sure if I should be addressing why I left/quit or if it will (and I think it will come across like that) sound like whining.

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby laxbrah420 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:15 pm

are you in hiding?
edit: also once you've come up with your topic it takes like 3 hours max to write a rough draft.
feel free to do that and let us compare then. fuck your identity
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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby gaud » Thu May 31, 2012 3:16 pm

calidancer2 wrote:
gaud wrote:Will writing about #1 tell schools what they need to/should know about you?

I'd save #2 for an addendum or something, not a personal statement.



I'm brand new to writing a PS, so forgive me, but what do you mean by need to/should know about me? It's an interesting life experience and I can definitely say it taught me some very handy and unique life skills. It also helped me decide I want to work in-house eventually.


I think you've got it.

I just meant that you're going to want to tie it to your overall life experiences and not only write about the job itself.

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby gaud » Thu May 31, 2012 3:17 pm

laxbrah420 wrote:are you in hiding?


lol'd

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby calidancer2 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:19 pm

laxbrah420 wrote:are you in hiding?
edit: also once you've come up with your topic it takes like 3 hours max to write a rough draft.
feel free to do that and let us compare then. fuck your identity




nah dude, but the combo of my job in #1 and my experience in #2 would make it ridiculously easy for someone to figure out and know who I am.

thanks, i'll start working on it.

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby calidancer2 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:20 pm

gaud wrote:
calidancer2 wrote:
gaud wrote:Will writing about #1 tell schools what they need to/should know about you?

I'd save #2 for an addendum or something, not a personal statement.



I'm brand new to writing a PS, so forgive me, but what do you mean by need to/should know about me? It's an interesting life experience and I can definitely say it taught me some very handy and unique life skills. It also helped me decide I want to work in-house eventually.


I think you've got it.

I just meant that you're going to want to tie it to your overall life experiences and not only write about the job itself.



ah okay thanks. yeah i'm thinking if I make it into "and it taught me x,y,z, and it was my first "real" job blah blah taught me that i live to work" i can spin it

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Re: Should I write about X or Y?

Postby lynch » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:41 am

I think you should write X?




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