is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

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optimist1
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is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

Postby optimist1 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:47 pm

my moms condition affected me a lot in first 2 years of uni which i honestly believe is one of the reasons i did so badly. it was stressful.

would it be appropriate to talk about this?

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rinkrat19
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Re: is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:48 pm

Sure, lots of people talk about things like that. Just make sure that YOU are still the focus of the piece, not your mom.

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Re: is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

Postby hephaestus » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:49 pm

Yeah definitely use it. Just make sure it does not come across like an excuse.

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Re: is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

Postby optimist1 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:49 pm

i see other ppl posting their statements here.

i am not comfortable doing that but is there someone i can PM to review? i wouldn't mind sharing it with a couple of ppl but not with all the internet.

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Re: is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:52 pm

People PM me theirs all the time but I generally don't have time to look at them. Plus I think you get better feedback when a variety of people see it. Just post it anonymously with all the identifying information redacted. Use [disease] and [University] and [City] instead of the real things.

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Re: is it okay to talk about family issues in personal statement

Postby Ramius » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:40 pm

optimist1 wrote:my moms condition affected me a lot in first 2 years of uni which i honestly believe is one of the reasons i did so badly. it was stressful.

would it be appropriate to talk about this?



Additionally, try to avoid language that makes it sound like you're making excuses. Even if it's a good one, you want to come from a position of power, not regret. Talk about how it impacted you and how you came out positively from it. If you talk about family issues that comes off more as whining than perseverence, it'll look bad on you. But yes, this topic can definitely be solid when done properly.




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