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Trevor Hedberg

The best information on this I found during my time as a grad school applicant was from Eric Schwitzgebel: http://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/2012/05/applying-to-phd-programs-in-philosophy.html

I imagine some will disagree with a few of the details, but the general strategy of simply avoiding a host of common mistakes and keeping the statement primarily focused on your areas of interest has always struck me as the right move. I suspect that attempts to be ambitious or witty in personal statements will usually backfire.

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