Preparing your personal statement for graduate school applications
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Personal Statements (for Graduate School) - Miami University
5. Ask them if this is all a mistake: Maybe going to graduate school would be a terrible misstep in your life. For peace of mind, end your personal statement with, “I am unsure about all this, so please let me know if I shouldn’t go to grad school.” Admissions boards love seeing applicants who haven’t yet made up their minds if grad school will bring about the complete destruction of their lives or not.
Tips for Writing a Graduate School Personal Statement
Writing personal statement for graduate school is only one piece of the application puzzle. But it’s more than that. It’s an opportunity to show your chosen school your writing expertise, your passion for your subject, and who you are as a person. Keep in mind what the application is asking you for and what you’re trying to tell them. Take time to edit carefully, and your essay could potentially set your application apart.
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Writing a graduate school application can be intimidating. It's not easy to know the best approach, format, or style. That's where reading sample personal statements can help. But be careful...A personal statement is an important part of your application to graduate school, fellowships, or other applications. The personal statement is the best way for an admissions committee to get an idea of who you are, so it might be the most important part of your application. While the MU Career Center does not offer advanced services for personal statement writing, here are a few tips to help get you started.Don't get on a soapbox and preach to the reader; while expressing your values and opinions is fine, avoid coming across as fanatical or extreme. Avoid mentioning subjects that are potentially controversial; it is impossible for you to know the biases of members of various admissions committees. Religion and politics normally don't belong in these statements, although there may be exceptions (an applicant who has held an important office on campus or in the community would likely want to include this fact). Personal political views usually are not appropriate for personal statements. Any views that might be interpreted as strange or highly unconventional should also be omitted because you want to avoid the possibility of offending any of the individuals in whose hands the fate of your graduate school application rests.This means that the content gives the admissions officers insight into your personality and potential. One of the most common ways in which graduate school applicants weaken their statements is by including generalizations or not clearly explaining how something connects to the decision to pursue graduate studies. Therefore, include anecdotes in your personal statement that reflect the development of your skill set. You may also want to create a balance between skills specific to the profession as well as 'soft skills' such as leadership or teamwork. Let the admissions officers see you applying your skills successfully in a variety of real world scenarios. Each anecdote should help the admissions officers better understand your background as it relates to your ability to excel in your chosen program.