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» Personal Statements for Graduate School Applications

Writing a Personal Statement

Your personal statement is your one chance to tell the admissions committee why you want to pursue a specific degree at their university — and why they should select you. A high G.P.A. and high test scores, along with extensive experience that builds toward your professional goal, is expected. Your personal statement is an opportunity to round out your profile beyond the “given.” Highlight your achievements and showcase your initiative, leadership, service to others, potential, etc. Emphasize how you’re unique from other applicants with similar backgrounds. What can you bring that the others can’t? Your essay will be judged for your qualifications, goals, leadership, writing skills, and your thought process.

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