« on: May 10, 2008, 11:57:09 AM »
1. Write a focused personal statement that directly addresses her youthful indiscretions and subsequent coming of age and reformation. Do not downplay the crimes. Totally own them. Accept responsibility. Explain how her childhood etc was troubled and she had a hard time. The girl was troubled and made mistakes, but the woman has come to maturity through suffering (the hard way). Write something like:
She regrets the past, but has learned from it. This learning experience has also made her become more tolerant and forgiving of the mistakes of others. Now she wants to be the most productive member of society that she can be. She realizes that some stigma from her past follows her, and that is fair, but her reformation is complete and she believes that a careful review of her application will reveal that she is now a mature and excellent candidate for admission.
2. She should be doing LOTS of volunteer work for charities. Soup kitchens, etc. That will help her establish credibility as a reformed and well-meaning adult. She can list all of these activities on her applications next year.