How to talk about growth without making former self sound

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How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby AlexandraHope » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:39 pm

ignorant, naive, other unnecessary negative conclusions?

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby TasmanianToucan » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:50 pm

As in, "this is the story of how I went from great to awesome?"

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby AlexandraHope » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:34 am

TasmanianToucan wrote:As in, "this is the story of how I went from great to awesome?"


I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby TasmanianToucan » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:57 am

AlexandraHope wrote:
TasmanianToucan wrote:As in, "this is the story of how I went from great to awesome?"


I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

Well, maybe a little. A growth story will reflect the fact that you've changed into something your proud of, and the obvious implication is that what you were before looks lousy in hindsight. The "great to awesome" type of story always sounds insincere to me, so I wouldn't be too worried about making your former self sound naive or ignorant. Clearly you don't want to paint yourself as a recovering psycho, but I don't think that's what you're talking about.

Keep in mind I am no expert, but if you want an extra pair of eyes on your draft I'd be happy to help.

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby AlexandraHope » Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:38 am

TasmanianToucan wrote:
AlexandraHope wrote:
TasmanianToucan wrote:As in, "this is the story of how I went from great to awesome?"


I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

Well, maybe a little. A growth story will reflect the fact that you've changed into something your proud of, and the obvious implication is that what you were before looks lousy in hindsight. The "great to awesome" type of story always sounds insincere to me, so I wouldn't be too worried about making your former self sound naive or ignorant. Clearly you don't want to paint yourself as a recovering psycho, but I don't think that's what you're talking about.

Keep in mind I am no expert, but if you want an extra pair of eyes on your draft I'd be happy to help.


Thanks! I am currently in the process of what I'm writing my personal statement on. I will have to you as soon as I'm finished. Shooting for early August.

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby smaug » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:39 am

Those must have all been important to me once. What I am now grew from that. A former self is a fool, an insufferable ass, but he's still human, you'd no more turn him out than you'd turn out any kind of cripple, would you?

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby TasmanianToucan » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:05 am

Jason Taverner wrote:
Those must have all been important to me once. What I am now grew from that. A former self is a fool, an insufferable ass, but he's still human, you'd no more turn him out than you'd turn out any kind of cripple, would you?

Pynchon, right? I read Inherent Vice and was underwhelmed. What did you think of that one?^^^

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby collegebum1989 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:19 am

Describe the delta between previous self and current self in relation to: professional goals, academic goals, and personal interests.

Usually, using a "transformative experience" that provided you with "perspective" to improve is a good way to approach this.

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby smaug » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:35 am

TasmanianToucan wrote:
Jason Taverner wrote:
Those must have all been important to me once. What I am now grew from that. A former self is a fool, an insufferable ass, but he's still human, you'd no more turn him out than you'd turn out any kind of cripple, would you?

Pynchon, right? I read Inherent Vice and was underwhelmed. What did you think of that one?^^^


it's great

it's been a while but I think it's Enzian to Blicero in Gravity's Rainbow

or Enzian about Blicero

I haven't read Inherent Vice yet, but I adore V. and Gravity's Rainbow

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby TasmanianToucan » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:45 am

collegebum1989 wrote:Describe the delta between previous self and current self in relation to: professional goals, academic goals, and personal interests.

Usually, using a "transformative experience" that provided you with "perspective" to improve is a good way to approach this.

Heh for most people the "transformative experience" could just be called "growing the f*** up."

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby TasmanianToucan » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:49 am

Jason Taverner wrote:
TasmanianToucan wrote:
Jason Taverner wrote:
Those must have all been important to me once. What I am now grew from that. A former self is a fool, an insufferable ass, but he's still human, you'd no more turn him out than you'd turn out any kind of cripple, would you?

Pynchon, right? I read Inherent Vice and was underwhelmed. What did you think of that one?^^^


it's great

it's been a while but I think it's Enzian to Blicero in Gravity's Rainbow

or Enzian about Blicero

I haven't read Inherent Vice yet, but I adore V. and Gravity's Rainbow

Gravity's Rainbow is on my list but I never seem to get to it. So many good books so little time.

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby AreJay711 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:07 am

It's not that hard. Talk about momentum toward better and brighter things.

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby TheSS » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:40 pm

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Re: How to talk about growth without making former self sound

Postby smaug » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:46 pm

except the brits don't use 'inferiour' either




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