toby42 Posted September 11, 2012 Share Posted September 11, 2012 Anyone have some good, inventive (but not glib) ways to open? Any recommendations? Should I start out 'inventive' or simple and formulaic? I'm asking for both the salutation and the first sentence or two. As for the salutation, I'm sure I don't want to start, "To Whom it May Concern." That's dull and old hat. What about, "To the Admissions Committee at X"? How far should I push the 'inventiveness'? "To my future colleagues"? Then to open, what do you think? Simple and to the point? "My name is Aaron X, and I am writing to request your consideration for admission to the X program." Or a little more personable, but still on point: "I hope this letter finds you well today [or something like that]. My name is Aaron X and I am writing to you today to court your consideration for the X program." Or more 'poetic' and inspiring? "My father once said..." "Renee Descartes was a man who..." or whatever. I've read articles that disagree on the 'floweriness' of the SoI. "Leave Dr. Seuss Out of It" was a great one, but then countered by another article that pointed out that this is your only chance to stand out among 500 other applicants. Sooooo... whadya think? Any good ideas or references that contain ideas? Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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