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Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Contractions?
« on: September 08, 2008, 05:24:23 PM »
To all of you out there drafting a PS (or anyone who's already written one) -- Did you use contractions? Does anyone care?

Here's my philosophy. Feel free to respond with yours.

I've been writing for newspapers for the last three years, so I try to make everything I write as concise and as readable as possible. To me, very formally written statements often don't read well because we've become so reliant on contractions in everyday speech. I usually read my copy out loud, or at least consciously sound it out in my head, to make sure it flows.

So, since I'm talking about myself in the PS and trying to make sure I come across as a real person, it would seem to benefit me to sound somewhat conversational.Then again, this is a formal occasion, so ...

Any opinions?

I've had a bunch of friends and some family members read my PS so far, but I need some honest-to-God objective readers. Would anyone mind taking a look? Send me yours, and I'll do the same.

Hey -- New to the board here. I finished undegrad in May 2005, and I've been writing for newspapers since then. I've seen folks list their work experience here as an asset, but I'm wondering: In what way does that come up in the application process, and how do I make it work to my advantage? My experience as a reporter piqued my interest in law, so it'll make it into my personal statement, and I'll probably have at least one professional reference. Any other ideas or people in similar situation?

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