lhess218 wrote:Yes.... and no. If you have a legitimate reason to leave and can explain it succinctly, then no. If you didn't and (more importantly) you didn't do anything afterwards, then yes. Keep in mind, even doing some heavy-duty volunteering would probably help: heavy duty meaning more than once a week for a couple of hours.
I left an Americorps program similar to TFA for a number of reasons: my husband was deploying to Afghanistan, I was offered a full-time civilian position with Army JAG, and there were some serious problems within the actual Americorps program. If you left TFA to sit around and do nothing (and can't spin it in a way that doesn't seem like you sat around and did nothing), then yeah, I'd say it'd hurt you.
FWIW, I'm including my Americorps program on my resume and an addendum. I still did Americorps (even if I didn't finish), and I loved what I did and what I accomplished. It just didn't work out the way I wanted.
I like this answer. I have no answer, except for if I imagine my self (Sold123) in an admissions office:
If I were an admissions officer I would think: "This kid better have a damn good excuse for not completing something like TFA. I don't like quitters. In fact. I hate them. HATE them. At the same time I know it's difficult to complete something as strenuous as TFA. At the same time I hate quitters. HATE them. At the same time I know that, well, shit ain't easy being in the field. at the same time I hate quitters. HATE them."
Thank god I'm not making decisions.
This seems harsh in retrospect. If your numbers are over my school's median I probably won't hold it against you. Unless I interview you and am so blinded by disgust I can't see straight. No, I kid, I kid.
I think, just focus on really explaining your reason for leaving.
Every reason, is a good reason if you can explain it well from your perspective. Assuming you didn't leave to kill and eat babies.
Ok, I can see as how this seems as if I'm not taking the issue seriously. It is serious. You just need to write it so that the admissions officer can elicit some sympathy for you. I'm sure there are good legitimate, personal reasons for your leaving, you just really have to explore that and explain it. However, the best I think you can do is turn this from a negative into a non-issue. It would take some mighty good writing to turn this into a positive somehow (even if that "positiveness" should be the thrust of your essay. That this was a positive experience for you, you learned something about it, you learned something about commitments, maturity, what-not, whatever it is that you learned). In general, we love the smell of redemption, right? Make us smell it. Tasting would be even better. Digesting, digesting is damn hard but try. Make that positive stuff the thrust.