As someone who aspires to one day apply to Yale... I am appreciative of all these postings.
Here's a quick question: when applying to Yale, do you use the same PS as with other schools, plus this 250 essay? Or do you totally redo the PS for Yale, since you can get "interesting" facts about yourself into the 250 (therefore focusing your Yale PS on more academically oriented material)?
Must admit my disappointment that we have yet to see any contribution from anyone who actually made it into Yale so far - as this question and others that may follow regarding what a successful Yale 250 might look like - would be in a much better position to dispense advice for us to follow. As someone who didn't make it, I'm not sure whether you should take my advice Kulax22
- But lets see whether a bump in this post can get those more qualified to answer this question a comment they can hopefully critique to help enlighten us all
- All I can tell you is what I did, which though it might have been the right course to take, ultimately didn't lead me to New Haven (Still here, wandering in the Purgatory of Kansas).
I would suggest you read the following blog posting by Asha, which I believe I found posted somewhere on this website.http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... tross.aspx
To directly answer your question however, I did not rewrite my personal statement - what I sent to Yale, I sent to all the other schools. What I attempted to do, seems to be nearly the opposite of what you proposed in your question. I wrote my PS without much reference to my academic passions or accomplishments, not because these were not central for preparing me for Law School, but because doing so would have been outside of the scope of talking about growing up and overcoming a particular situation. My strategy was to utilize my 250 to address this particular lacuna in my application - to indirectly demonstrate some of my intellectual or academic passions and training. As you can see from my prior post - though I thought it was pretty damn good when I sent it off, I read it now and see it for what it was -- I feel like Dr. Frankenstein who doesn't understand until it is too late the hideous and ugly monster he has unleashed upon the world, a monster that is certainly composed of good intentions and fine thoughts, but is too bulky and disproportionate, hastily and carelessly sewn together, too unreasonable to gaze too long upon.
Ultimately, though there are many whispers about the shrouded mysteries of what the Yale 250 should be - it is perhaps most important to not ignore what is not esoteric. For example - BEWARE - don't do as I did - Don't try to shove too much into too small a container. Whether your 250 is about sex, love, rock n' roll, or an abstract elucidating and distinguishing the two types of heterotic string theory - be clear, precise, and ensure the structure is made of firmer stuff then fancy words, ideas, and sentiments. I THINK that you have the absolute freedom to do whatever you want - as long as you can construct your sentences into an argument or compose a conclusion that the minds of Yale would be at ease wandering around within; as long as your intellectual ceiling is secure and not prepared to fall upon their heads you'll be fine. I get the impression that the Yale faculty may spook easily when confronted with a crack in wall, a leaky roof, and a door that doesn't quite fit the frame or the color of the rest of your Yale 250 house. Going with this simile, I think the Yale 250 is like a house you're constructing for the admission's committee - you want them to feel at home, safe and secure, amongst familiar, logical, and well reasoned surroundings. You don't want them to come over to the place you invited them to, and while they are no doubt polite to your face, they are secretly thinking to themselves - "Where the F**k am I?" The moral: build your Yale 250 with the high intellectual tastes of the admission's committee in mind. You don't have to be Emerson in your language or ideas - you just have to be the most reasonable, logical, clear, and hospitable self you can be. Fix the cracks, mend the leaks, buy some marshmallows, and invite them over from some hot cocoa and a fun game of Taboo! You'll be friends before your know it
(At least that's what we all hope).