ned wrote:I have auto-ding numbers, very interesting softs, solid LORs, unique resume, and possibly the best personal statement Asha will read all year. I haven't been dinged though. Which tells me there is no such thing as auto-ding numbers. Just auto-ding applications. I'm pretty sure I'll be dinged. But not automatically.
I don't usually post in this thread because I didn't apply to YLS. I thought this merited an exception.
There is no such thing as the "best personal statement". Period. There are more compelling ones and less compelling ones. There are ones that are well written and ones that aren't. However, differentiating among a bunch of really good personal statements -- and based on the applicant pool, there will certainly more than a few excellent writers vying for spots at YLS-- is a totally subjective exercise. It's like saying Hemingway is a better novelist than Tolstoy or Meryl Streep is a better actress than Audrey Hepburn. You might think X is best, I may think Y is better, and Asha may think Z trumps all. It's a silly thing to even assert.
Also, not to state the obvious, but you need really good numbers just to be in the running at YLS. I don't mean to burst your bubble because maybe you cured cancer in your spare time or something, but I wouldn't count on your PS and a bunch of extra-curricular experiences overcoming a less-than-stellar academic profile.