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Different personal statements for different universities?

Discussion in 'Graduate Film School Discussions' started by gotenda, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. gotenda

    gotenda New Member

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    Hello, graduate school hopefuls!

    This may come off as a dumb question (I'm sorry), but are you all making different personal statements for each University?

    I am currently applying to NYU and Columbia University (both MFA in Filmmaking / Directing), and had initially made different personal statements/autobiographical essay for each... but came to realize that one came out better than the other.

    Although I realize each essay should somehow be tailored to a particular school, the mechanics of personal statements for the universities don't go far off. They basically ask you your goals as a filmmaker, and the stories you want to tell, etc etc.

    I am freaking out, because I was thinking of using the better PS and just tweaking some parts a bit to cater to the particular universities. Am I the only one doing this? Is this an unwise decision?

    Help, welp!
     
  2. Kira

    Kira MFA Screenwriter @UCLA

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    If it is better, then use it.
    You don't need to make more work for yourself :)
     
  3. Operator

    Operator Active Member

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    Keep in mind there maybe be professors who teach at both universities that may see the same letter.
     
  4. Kira

    Kira MFA Screenwriter @UCLA

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    That's true. Take the aspects of the one that's better and apply to the former? Doesn't have to be a total replicant.
     
  5. cakeislife

    cakeislife Member

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    But I thought only the admission officers would be able to see the PS?
     
  6. Kira

    Kira MFA Screenwriter @UCLA

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    Well, I believe there is an admissions committee that's made up of screenwriting professors at the university. At USC, a professor read my application and brought it to the attention of the admissions committee. Same with UCLA - the screenwriting professor had read my application material before my interview.
     

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