(Personal Statement Examples, Advice, Critique, . . . )
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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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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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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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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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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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