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This handout will help you write and revise the personal statement required by many graduate programs, internships, and special academic programs.
Here’s your chance to use all those “I”s you’ve been saving up.
The narrative should reflect your perspective, experiences, thoughts, and emotions.
This essay may be your best opportunity to communicate with the decision makers in the application process, and you don’t want to bore them, offend them, or make them feel you are wasting their time.
With this in mind: Imagine the worst-case scenario (which may never come true—we’re talking hypothetically): the person who reads your essay has been in the field for decades.
It’s time to remember one of the most significant aspects of the application essay: your audience.
Your readers may have thousands of essays to read, many or most of which will come from qualified applicants.
Get straight to the point in every case, and address what they’ve asked you to address.
Now that you’ve generated some ideas, get a little bit pickier.