Chapter 4: Sample Personal Statements and Application Essays
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Personal Statements & Application Essays
The most common mistake that students make is to leave too little time for preparing the personal statement. It requires a great deal of thought and planning to write a good one. You should expect to spend several days or maybe even weeks writing drafts before coming up with a good final product. If you spend only a few hours preparing and writing it, then it is almost certain to be an application-killer. And none of the other components of your application will make up for a personal statement that leaves any kind of bad impression. When applying to a graduate program that receives a large number of applicants, success depends not so much on writing an essay that gets you accepted, as on avoiding writing a personal statement that gets you rejected. Keep in mind that your statement will be read by people who are trying to form an impression of who you are and what you are like. If there are a lot of applicants to consider, it may not take a lot of imperfection to get placed into the reject pile.
Application essays and personal statements
For many applicants, writing an essay on their past achievements and future plans can be an uncomfortable experience. We urge applicants to look at this task as a unique opportunity to directly address the admissions committee members. Remember, the committee members are trying to learn as much as they can about you and will be making their admissions decision based solely on the information you provide in your application packet. The Personal Statement is your chance to help the committee “make sense” of all the individual elements of your application.
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