Nov 18, 2009, 2:40 PM
Post #275 of 329
Re: [meory] Specific versus general?
I'm exactly the opposite. I've traveled, lived and taught in fifteen countries over the past five years and I speak fluent Spanish and French - I've got all sorts of random personal stuff I'd like to include (hitchhiking in South Africa, being evacuated from a Chinese train) but when I tried to weave some of that in, a friend of mine (who's now the undergraduate advisor at a big ten school) told me to nix almost all of it and focus almost exclusively on the "statement of purpose" vs the. "personal statement. Grrr! I can see his point, but I was going for the chance to shout hey, I'm unique!
But...I've mentioned that now but in a much more formal and straightforward letter that focuses on how travel has influenced my writing and will shape the writing I want to do in the program.
Any thoughts on that? I was told the statement should be an "academic autobiography" but I think, man, for creative writing, shouldn't there be a little leeway on that? I was also a history/history of science major when I graduated five years ago, so I don't have a lot to talk about with regards to my undergrad. And I haven't done any writing workshops since I've been bouncing all over the place.
Ok, this is getting really long, I'm stopping, I promise, but how many of you are including the writers you've read who've influenced you? Hollins in particular seems to want this, so I have a paragraph about the writers who've shaped my work.