Register & Login (It's FREE) to Remove this Ad Hi filmmakers, I'm working on refine my personal statement for USC but got really stuck and paranoid about my current draft. I sent it to some of my friends for opinions but none of us has ever written any PS or SOP (Neither of us went to undergrad school in the States and all in non-film related areas). I not entirely sure the difference between these two. Do PS have more prose like and focus on life experiences whereas SOP is more on academic achievements and aspiration? From the limited PS and SOP for MFA programs I could find online, I feel like they are more interchangeable than not? I'll post my PS for USC down below, my main concern is the opening. According to the feedback I got, it's already too commonplace/not unique enough. But HP is what got me into writing, inspired me to move overseas and ultimately made me find my passion in filmmaking as I mentioned in the PS, without mentioning it I just feel like the statement would loose its footing and it wouldn't be personal for me. If anyone could share some feedback it would be really really appreciated. THANKS.