For those who have been admitted, were your personal statements significantly whittled down from what you submitted to other schools or did you use Garamond 12 pt., use tiny margins, run slightly over 2 pages, use 11 pt font anyways, etc. All of those "tricks" have been mentioned previously in this thread but I am wondering if those who employed them got in anyways
I don't want to appear lazy or like I'm trying to pull one over if I use Garamond and .6 inch margins all around.
Tomorrow's project is finishing my UCLA app -- programmatic contribution statement, Epstein essay, and possibly whittling down my personal statement (which is exactly 2 pages in 11 pt. Times New Roman). I'm hoping you folks will tell me it's ok to skip the last one on that list!