Need help choosing a PS topic

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effingenius
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Need help choosing a PS topic

Postby effingenius » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:53 am

I'm trying to decide between these two and would greatly appreciate any input or advice:

1. Trying out for one the elite D-1 basketball programs in the country, failing my first try and then returning my second year and making the team. I originally wanted to avoid anything basketball but it has been a huge part of my life and developed me into the person I am today.

2. I have been working in securities regulation for the past 5 years in DC. Recently, I just moved to NYC to take a better job in the same industry

My biggest issue is not making my PS read like a resume. However, each time I start writing or create an outline I always veer off in that direction. Again any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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rinkrat19
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Re: Need help choosing a PS topic

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:00 pm

Of those two, I would rather read about basketball. I imagine most adcomms would as well. You can work in plenty of 'I have X skill and Y quality, which coincidentally would come in handy for law school' in a sports story. And it's way less likely to read like a resume.

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Re: Need help choosing a PS topic

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:33 pm

Use both, or neither, or one or the other. Depends upon the presentation. Formulate a theme, offer insights into your development & surround them with facts. In short, the topic is irrelevant.

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cutecarmel
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Re: Need help choosing a PS topic

Postby cutecarmel » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:46 pm

I'm not crazy about either of them. #2 is really boring and I'm not sure how you could make that into an interesting PS.
#1 could possibly work, but you would have to work to make it less about basketball and more about you as a person. It really depends on what you do with the topic.

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ix88
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Re: Need help choosing a PS topic

Postby ix88 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:48 pm

cutecarmel wrote:I'm not crazy about either of them. #2 is really boring and I'm not sure how you could make that into an interesting PS.
#1 could possibly work, but you would have to work to make it less about basketball and more about you as a person. It really depends on what you do with the topic.



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