Nov 28, 2009, 6:19 PM
Post #279 of 329
I always found these Statements of Purpose or Personal Statements somewhat ridiculous. To me, they serve only to give the applicant more writing space to further BS the Admissions Committee. I especially don't like the ones where they ask me to carefully articulate why I want to attend so-and-so school, besides wanting to learn, the location, and time to write. I mean, what else is there?
Re: [meory] Specific versus general?
Let's take Iowa, for example. Truthfully, I want to attend Iowa because it is supposedly the top program in the land. As for location, I've lived all over so I'm flexible. As for faculty, I've read works by Lan Samantha Chang, Ethan Canin, James Elle McPherson, and Marilynne Robinson and frankly, although I think they're competent, I wouldn't consider them my favorites. If they released a new book, I wouldn't run out to buy them. Know what I mean?
Do I think I can learn a lot from them? I'd be lying if I said "Yes." Frankly, I don't know whether they're good teachers or not and I wouldn't know, at this point, whether they would be a good fit for me. But I know enough about myself to know that not only am I flexible and adaptable wrt location, I'm adaptable to people. And I think I can learn to like Iowa and probably learn from Chang, Canin, McPherson, and Robinson. But I don't know for sure.
And if Iowa or any other school wants more info in the Personal Statement than that, I'll be entering BS territory, because that's all I got.