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“Being able to see something on the resume that has actually evolved over time and helped the person into a better individual as opposed to having 10 to 15 on their resume, I think that the former is way more valuable than the other.”

— Jerilyn, Harvard admissions interviewer


“…only keep one set of eyes on your personal statement, whether it’s Northwestern or anyone else.”

— Justin, Northwestern admissions director


“There are still students now who think that they could get a spot off the waiting list, even though it’s like beyond statistically unlikely.”

— Deborah, Carnegie Mellon admissions director


“I read her essay and I told her, ‘Your essay is horrible. You have about a paragraph and you’re not saying why you’re interested in University of Michigan.'”

— Bryan, UMich admissions director


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USC Law admissions director: “Your personal statement is your interview”

"I’ve come across many statements that do not showcase who they are but instead use a lot of the available space to tell me about Gould," says David Vasquez, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, a top 20 law school. David talks about the little-known aspects of his job, the implications of Covid-19 on law school hopefuls, biggest regrets and surprises, and advice for parents encouraging a pre-law path for their kids.

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