i just found my university has a subscription to the vault.com site.
on their msg boards is a post from someone who says a friend of hers didn't submit a ps but still got into some T1s. her numbers were pretty stellar, of course, and she could have done better if she HAD done the ps, but anyways...
anyone not writing one or not submitting it to safety schools or anything?
just curious... i still can't think of a single thing that makes me stand out. i'm a white female, middle class, my only academic awards are two dean's lists (might be more depending on this and next semester, but the schools won't see that) and an honors from my major (not the school), i have no exciting work experience (cust svc, HR, restaurants) because i just did what i needed to do to get through school. the 5 years between high school and college and i wrote poetry and did readings (definitely what adcomms are looking for ha ha).
i haven't volunteered or done anything crazy because i just didn't have the time. i live on my own with no family support so i just work and go to school. i don't have time for unpaid internships (or even paid because it wasn't enough $$ to make up for the loss of my real job $$). i don't have time to commit to a leadership position. i go to a satellite campus for the state U, so there is only ever one section of a class - i have to take it when it's offered, so my schedule is usually pretty crazy.
my town is so small that it's hard to find opportunities to do things that would work around my schedule. not trying to say "woe is me" but really, some of us just don't have that opportunity.
but my challenges are challenges that anyone has faced if they have lived on their own since 18 or so and worked their way through college. i've read these ps about people who worked a 530AM - 9AM job and then took engineering classes all day then helped out at the Y or some soup kitchen every evening, not to mention was class president, dean's list every semester, etc etc.
that's not me. never could be. i need to sleep, go to the gym every so often, read something not related to school.
i'm starting to think i'd be better off just NOT writing a PS if it's optional for the schools i'm looking at because everything i try to write ends up being trite. i've read lots of great advice in books and on here, but i'm just at an end. my friends try to help but it doesn't really work.
i feel so negative nancy