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1948
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Postby 1948 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:34 pm

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blsingindisguise
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Re: First Draft Help - Is this topic acceptable?

Postby blsingindisguise » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:36 pm

Sorry, but this is an exceedingly boring story. "Acceptable" I guess, but it doesn't serve you well.

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jselson
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Re: First Draft Help - Is this topic acceptable?

Postby jselson » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:58 pm

I'm confused - did you actually write a PS about the difficulty you had in picking classes?

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Re: First Draft Help - Is this topic acceptable?

Postby mvonh001 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:12 pm

blsingindisguise wrote:Sorry, but this is an exceedingly boring story. "Acceptable" I guess, but it doesn't serve you well.


I stopped reading after the first paragraph - if you can even call it that.

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Re: First Draft Help - Is this topic acceptable?

Postby 1948 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:17 pm

A simple "no" would have done fine but.. hope your egos are satisfied.

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Postby mvonh001 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:36 pm

No one meant to offend - at least I didn't. Don't take it personally when you come to the forums and ask for people opinion if the opinion is not what you wanted.

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Postby jselson » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:55 pm

mvonh001 wrote:No one meant to offend - at least I didn't. Don't take it personally when you come to the forums and ask for people opinion if the opinion is not what you wanted.


Seriously. The PS wasn't bad just because of the topic, but also because it was so confusingly written that I was never sure exactly what the topic was. So it was hard, as a reader, to even judge whether this was a trivial topic or not - it SEEMED trivial, but then, I wonder as a reader, why would someone choose such a thing as a their topic? So then I try to look for more, can't find it, and I'm doubly put off.

Let me put it this way: if you were one of my writing students and had met with me in office hours to get feedback on this PS, I would've said the exact same thing.

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Postby Nova » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:05 pm

Back to the drawing board op.

The posters in the PS forum genuinely care and are very helpful, but you gotta accept criticism.

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Postby blsingindisguise » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:58 am

When I wrote my first PS attempt, I showed it to my favorite English professor, and he basically gave me the English professor version of "Get the fuck out of here. This is the essay of a child. Grow up." TBH I barely even remember what I wrote about -- probably blocked it out. But what he said affected me and I wound up scrapping it and writing a much better essay on a different topic.

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Postby 1948 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:55 pm

What did you end up writing about? What was your process? I'm blank and have been for weeks. Thanks

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Postby WhiteyCakes » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:04 pm

1948 wrote:What did you end up writing about? What was your process? I'm blank and have been for weeks. Thanks


Why do you want to go to law school/be a lawyer?
Why do you think you'd be effective?
Why should adcomms accept you into their school?

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Postby blsingindisguise » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:08 pm

1948 wrote:What did you end up writing about? What was your process? I'm blank and have been for weeks. Thanks


I wound up writing about my interest in intellectual property and how it stemmed from my experiences in the arts and my pure academic curiosity about the subject. I don't remember much more specific than that. People said it was a good essay though, including the english prof. I think it worked because I really was, at the time, genuinely interested in the subject, so it didn't come off like I was forcing something.




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