Why X for top choice school (couple of qs rolled into 1)

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JJDancer
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Why X for top choice school (couple of qs rolled into 1)

Postby JJDancer » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:07 pm

My top choice school has a no length PS.
My PS focuses heavily on one of my interests (more public interest).
I hoped to talk about programs that pertain to a different interest (more business focused) of mine in a "why X"
A) I could use the no length PS to weave in or tack on a paragraph on why X -- but it would feel insincere to have to talk abt programs that work with the interest I highlight in my PS (public interest). When I am more impressed by/interested in the school's business focused programs.

B) Should I write a separate why x?
C) Should I try to weave the why x into a diversity statement instead?
D) Is it ok to have some "narrative" aspect to a separate why x essay?

Both interests are evident on my resume.

Thanks. I think I am just doing the separate why X
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Re: Why X for top choice school (couple of qs rolled into 1)

Postby JJDancer » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:07 pm

Anyone?

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Re: Why X for top choice school (couple of qs rolled into 1)

Postby gdane » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:30 pm

I wouldnt try to fit everything into one statement. You could end up with a 4 page statement. While the school doesn't impose a word limit, it's always wise to keep it under 3 pages, 3 pages max if absolutely necessary.

Write one main PS, a Why X essay and a diversity statement if you feel you have diversity to add to the school. Try not to rehash your accomplishments and resume though. You can talk about how working in a certain job/profession influenced you to do X or how a specific experience nudged you toward the study of law, but don't just talk about "I worked here for 5 years, I was the best worker, I did this and that and this is going to help me in law school". Schools know what you did based off of your resume. Just keep everything relevant.

Dont forget.

Keep
It
Short
Stupid

Good luck!

PS: Is this Georgetown?

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Re: Why X for top choice school (couple of qs rolled into 1)

Postby whymeohgodno » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:32 pm

Berkeley?

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Re: Why X for top choice school (couple of qs rolled into 1)

Postby JJDancer » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:44 pm

Neither. USC :)

Thanks gdane. Do you mind looking at what I've written for my why X so far? (it's short - 350 words)




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