So I want to do something strange... HELP

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So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby maliadbunt » Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:45 pm

Okay, so I'm a server/bartender in a college town and often times people ask me what I'm doing outside of working in a restaurant. I give them the run down about everything (just graduated, applying to law schools). What I'd like to do is frame my personal statement like a conversation with one of my bar guests. I have it roughly outlined but I don't know if it's a good route to go. I don't want to waste too much time on it. Essentially, it starts out with the guest asking what I'm doing and ends with me explaining that I want to go to law school so that I can have a job that is morally fulfilling. Is going a non-traditional route a bad idea? I have two back pocket ideas (one involving a cancelled peace corps program and the other involving growing up with a single mom). Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby WhiskeyAndCupcakes » Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:56 pm

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby xylocarp » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:05 am

sounds like you'd be taking a huge risk (adcomms thinking it's weird/gimmicky/shows poor judgement/etc.) for very little potential reward (nothing you talked about couldn't be conveyed - probably more effectively - in another way)

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby KMart » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:16 am

Clever, but no.

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby BillsFan9907 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:50 am

Sounds like possibly a good start to some creative writing.

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby mindthegap » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:07 am

I'd probably back this idea more if you were applying to a grad program in creative writing/screenwriting. As it is, I don't think this will go over as well as you might hope. I'd def recommend that you stick to the standard essay.

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby pancakes3 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:42 am

Save it for your novel. Even a great PS only helps so much and what makes a PS great is the content, not the style. Don't try to overcompensate for a low GPA/LSAT by trying too hard on the PS.

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby bretby » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:54 am

If you are an excellent writer and can do it without using cliches, sounding gimmicky or making it seem forced, then I'd say go for it. However, there are very few people who could pull something like that off successfully.

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Re: So I want to do something strange... HELP

Postby Gray » Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:07 am

I mean I don't think that's a bad way to think about your PS - don't actually write it as a conversation, but DO tell your story in a compelling, personal way. If there's a narrative that you share with your bar guests, use it - just write it as relatively polished essay and not a dialogue.




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