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Personal Statements are used to introduce you to the graduate admissions committee. This is the part of your application that allows your personality to shine. It should tell the committee who you are, why you are interested in your field, how your education and experience has prepared you for graduate level study and how your degree fits into your career goals.
In writing your personal statement, focus on telling your story. You need to capture the reader's attention in the first paragraph and follow through with details and information that will accomplish the purpose of the statement. You want to paint a memorable picturethat gets your point across.
Writing a Personal Statement
- Answer any specific question that is asked in the application
- Explain any glaring inconsistencies in your academic record.
- Make sure you get your draft reviewed in the Writing Center, by a Career Counselor, and by a faculty member in your field
- Do not use information from high school unless it is directly related to your interest in the field