Mentioning family/personal reasons for transferring?

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fidesverita
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Mentioning family/personal reasons for transferring?

Postby fidesverita » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:10 am

I've been reading around the board that people have been writing about personal reasons for transferring to YHS (family/significant other is in ____ town). But is that a viable reason to want to transfer? It seems weird that Harvard would go "oh hey, so and so has a brother in Cambridge. That's a legit reason for transferring."

Would it hurt to mention family in a personal statement? Or should i stick to "I want to transfer because..."?

Thanks.

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traehekat
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Re: Mentioning family/personal reasons for transferring?

Postby traehekat » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:29 am

I don't think it could ever HURT to mention it, just don't make it the focus.

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KMaine
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Re: Mentioning family/personal reasons for transferring?

Postby KMaine » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:40 am

I think that Harvard is looking for those types of reasons. Try not to sound pathetic/needy and you should be all set.

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Re: Mentioning family/personal reasons for transferring?

Postby D.Wilde » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:22 am

I mentioned that my fiance is in a graduate program in the area and that he's likely to be here for the foreseeable future.




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