Tricks for making 2 pg PS

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private_ryan
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Tricks for making 2 pg PS

Postby private_ryan » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:57 am

I've searched the forums and the general consensus is that personal statements should ideally be no more than 2 pgs for most schools. What about using 'tricks' to make it 2, such as decreasing spacing to 1.75, margins to .75, etc? Has anyone tried this?

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DearCan
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Re: Tricks for making 2 pg PS

Postby DearCan » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:01 am

private_ryan wrote:I've searched the forums and the general consensus is that personal statements should ideally be no more than 2 pgs for most schools. What about using 'tricks' to make it 2, such as decreasing spacing to 1.75, margins to .75, etc? Has anyone tried this?


General consensus is also that adcomms do not like trickery. If you try to pull a fast one they'll notice and won't appreciate it.

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Grizz
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Re: Tricks for making 2 pg PS

Postby Grizz » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:04 am

Editing is your friend.

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Re: Tricks for making 2 pg PS

Postby bk1 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:27 am

private_ryan wrote:I've searched the forums and the general consensus is that personal statements should ideally be no more than 2 pgs for most schools. What about using 'tricks' to make it 2, such as decreasing spacing to 1.75, margins to .75, etc? Has anyone tried this?


Try reading 8000 essays that are all 1" margins and double spaced, then tell me how easy it is to spot the idiot who tried to dodge this.

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Re: Tricks for making 2 pg PS

Postby kalvano » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:02 pm

Without having read your PS or knowing you at all, I can guarantee it's possible to edit it down to 2 pages with no "trickery".

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Re: Tricks for making 2 pg PS

Postby AreJay711 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:24 pm

You can use some "tricks". I cut mine down a few lines by altering the settings in windows and turning off orphan control and by turning off the add-space-between-paragraphs option. I think those are ok: if you don't have Microsoft then they aren't necessarily standard. But messing with the margins is painfully obvious.




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