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    Personal Statement Assistance

    This may help other individuals as well...

    I have been reading alot online about writing a statement and I have stated and have a draft, but for some reason I am hesitant about the statementand what specifically is best to add or keep out, etc...

    So, if anyone has any suggestions, leave them here, in the meantime, I'l continue working

    Thanks, Matthew

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    Some of the best I got, this was straight from the Admissions Counselor for the school I'm doing my MSCE at now.....

    "Just tell us what you want to do w/ your degree,and why you think you'll be successful. Make it short and sweet."

    All the online resources really psyche you out...unless going to Med School, I dont think it is all that important as some of those editing sites make it out to be.

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    Some words of wisdom....

    1. The letter of intent should tell the story of the person behind the GPA, GRE, etc.

    2. What made you decide to choose planning over another discipline?

    3. What are your career goals in planning and why?

    4. What will the school help you to achieve?

    5. What do you bring to the program?

    Cheers!
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    I agree with the above - don't beat your brains out over the statement. They just want to know that you have an genuine interest in planning and have thought about what you want to do after. It is not likely to make or break you for admissions.

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    Length of personal statement?

    At the moment I am looking at applying to six different programs, all of which seem to have slightly different guidelines around the personal statement. One school wants four pages while one school only wants 300 words. Is it a big deal to submit a four pager to each school or do they really stop reading after the time limit's up? Obviously I am tweaking each essay to match the school I want, but I'm confused about submitting an essay that is too long.. any advice appreciated. thank you!

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    Quote Originally posted by Rachel View post
    At the moment I am looking at applying to six different programs, all of which seem to have slightly different guidelines around the personal statement. One school wants four pages while one school only wants 300 words. Is it a big deal to submit a four pager to each school or do they really stop reading after the time limit's up? Obviously I am tweaking each essay to match the school I want, but I'm confused about submitting an essay that is too long.. any advice appreciated. thank you!
    Submit as required by the guidelines. Part of the evaluation is how you follow instructions. Nothing will be lost anyway. I suggest you do the 300-pager first. then elaborate that to make a 4-pager statement. Good luck.

    Edit........300 words instead of 300-pager......

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    I wrote the most elaborate essay first, then scaled it down to about a page and a half for the remaining schools.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Once you're done with the 300-word statement, you can submit it right away and you're 50% on your way while continuing to make a 4-pager statement.

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    it also might be good to discuss your research interests and possible thesis topics.

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