Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

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Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby t-14orbust » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:36 pm

What is the consensus on this?

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Re: Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby Leaborb192 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:39 pm

t-14orbust wrote:What is the consensus on this?


In any professional writing, my professors told me, "DO NOT DO IT!" Unless it is a quote. :mrgreen:

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Re: Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby t-14orbust » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:43 pm

Leaborb192 wrote:
t-14orbust wrote:What is the consensus on this?


In any professional writing, my professors told me, "DO NOT DO IT!" Unless it is a quote. :mrgreen:


So I've been told, but that was mostly in regard to formal essays and I'm not sure how much a 'personal' statement qualifies as that. I've seen them in others' statements, so I was just wondering. I have no problem with getting rid of them though.

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Re: Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby Ramius » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:46 pm

I doubt you'll get anything beyond personal opinions on this, but in my opinion you should keep it more formal. Obviously quotations would be an exception to this rule, but I think generally it will be a rare occasion where a contraction is the right call.

The only case I can imagine is if it's used intentionally to drive a point home. For instance, I used one contraction in my PS to add a softer humanity to a revelation I had. It just didn't sound right to say it in formal language. But it was the exception to a generally solid rule.

In case you want a little specificity on this, I was talking about explaining a death to a group of the guy's peers, and the sentence was,"'Bad luck' just wouldn't cut it."

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Re: Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby t-14orbust » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:49 pm

I found this http://www.top-law-schools.com/archives/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=50098

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Re: Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby Ramius » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:52 pm

Sounds like a perfectly reasonable contraction to leave in. The difference between a PS and other formal writing is that voice and tone are infinitely more important in the PS. But, like using conjunctions at the beginning of sentences, they should be used sparingly. :)

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Re: Using contractions in your Personal Statement?

Postby t-14orbust » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:56 pm

Thanks for the input brother, you'll be one of the first unfortunate ones to get a PM of my PS.




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