Redundancy btwn PS and LOR

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silly101
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Redundancy btwn PS and LOR

Postby silly101 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:53 pm

Quick Background- I am an engineer, went to DC for a science-policy internship this summer. Loved it, empowering, etc.

I originally planned on writing my PS on this summer-personal growth, seeing the need for science in policy, an engineer adjusting to the policy world, stepping out of comfort zone, etc

I had one of my bosses there write me an LOR. She let me see it- she talked about my performance there, stepping out of the familiar world, learning about the policy world, etc

Will it be redundant to write my PS on my DC experience?
Or, the LOR validates what I write in my PS

There are slight thematic differences in how the experience is portrayed, it's written from her perspective as my boss versus mine.
This summer really changed what I want to do later on- I had never considered policy work and now I seriously am. I originally wanted to go to a school closer to home, but now I really want to go to school on the east coast, etc. Life-changing, however cliche that sounds.

I have 1-2 other stories/topics/themes that I could center my PS on as well...not sure what to do

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Re: Redundancy btwn PS and LOR

Postby Knock » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:10 pm

silly101 wrote:Quick Background- I am an engineer, went to DC for a science-policy internship this summer. Loved it, empowering, etc.

I originally planned on writing my PS on this summer-personal growth, seeing the need for science in policy, an engineer adjusting to the policy world, stepping out of comfort zone, etc

I had one of my bosses there write me an LOR. She let me see it- she talked about my performance there, stepping out of the familiar world, learning about the policy world, etc

Will it be redundant to write my PS on my DC experience?
Or, the LOR validates what I write in my PS

There are slight thematic differences in how the experience is portrayed, it's written from her perspective as my boss versus mine.
This summer really changed what I want to do later on- I had never considered policy work and now I seriously am. I originally wanted to go to a school closer to home, but now I really want to go to school on the east coast, etc. Life-changing, however cliche that sounds.

I have 1-2 other stories/topics/themes that I could center my PS on as well...not sure what to do


As far as the schools know, you haven't read your LORs, assuming you've checked that box, and you should've. The PS is something you can control, so write it on what you think would be best overall for your application passage, regardless if there is some overlap between a LOR or not.

silly101
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Re: Redundancy btwn PS and LOR

Postby silly101 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:57 pm

good point
but im in a position where i did see it and could act upon the knowledge in a different way..?

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maroonzoon
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Re: Redundancy btwn PS and LOR

Postby maroonzoon » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:26 pm

If you know what will be in the LORs, make your PS touch on other aspects. Make every piece of your app fit together, and leave enough overlap so that things compliment each other, but don't say the same thing in multiple pieces, since that might say you were limited in what experience you have.

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Re: Redundancy btwn PS and LOR

Postby OGR3 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:31 pm

My LOR writers all asked to see my PS before writing their letters. I'm sure they used some of it to help supplement their recommendations, and I doubt my experience is unique.




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