Candidate Statements

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  1. gongsta

    gongsta New Member

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    So I've got a few questions about the candidate statements we've got to write. Should they be more personalized and creative like common app essays, or should they be more straight forward (and for lack of a better term) more business like or analytical?
    Any tips, guidelines, do's and dont's and general tips will be much appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. America's Finest

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    Be creative, just don't make it seem like a joke. It's good to have a professional leader but leaders also require social skills and humor. Show them something they won't see in others. Express yourself in a way that shows you are committed and really want this but you also aren't just serious. It's all about balance, get your point across in your own unique way. After all, you don't want to just blend with the other 1,000 strictly professional essays.
     
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    Ok thanks.
    What about anecdotes or stories, would that seem "non serious" or would they be ok?
     
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    When writing your statements (I am doing mine right now) i find that it's easiest just to be yourself. :smile: At least that's what i've been told to do by cadets and officers that i have talked to here (I live at West Point). If you would tell stories in any other statement do so, it can't hurt as long as they're not too wacky, in fact it's good to have examples of what you're talking about. Best of luck and have fun with it.

    -Tru3Flight91
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  5. America's Finest

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    Stories are good as long as they have a point such as something you learned from it or how it inspired you to be a certain way/ do something.

    Just let some of your teachers read it. Trust me, you will be able to tell if it's too wacky.
     
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    Statements

    I am in the same boat as you. I guess I would like to post the question of how long they should be?
     
  7. America's Finest

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    The instructions should have an recommended size. If it truly doesn't provide a limit then I would go with the standard 5 paragraph essay or just 1 if it is in an additional comments section. You could ask who you're writting it to too.
     

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