If you’re applying to a graduate program, you’ll know that a personal statement is one of the most important elements to include. To write the perfect one, that’ll make you stand out, you need some tips.
The first thing you need to do is set aside some time to write this statement. You need to consider that, for it to be well written both grammatically and conceptually, you’ll have to dedicate it sometime. You shouldn’t leave it for the last minute!
Before you start writing, research the requirements for your text. It’s important to know whether you need to write with a prompt or not. If there are certain specifications for the format, like a word limit or formatting guidelines, you have to know them as well. It would be a pity if you weren’t chosen just because you didn’t meet some aesthetic requirements.
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A rule that often goes unsaid is related to the tone of your essay. It needs to be a professional one, because of the formality of the institution and the situation. Even though you need to show your personality, try to do it in a respectful, non-aggressive way.
One of the elements that you need to include is uniqueness. Try to convey it even if you need to write the essay with a specific prompt. If you have none, you can take advantage of this and write about any unusual hobbies, emotional connections to someone, and moving experiences.
However, always keep it relevant. It doesn’t matter how interesting and strong is what you’ve written: if it has no connection to the program you’re applying to it’ll be meaningless. Remember to show experiences or topics that are clearly related to your study.
In addition to this, be specific. You need to include exactly what motivates you to choose that exact program in that institution. In order to make clear statements and show your interest, do your research on the program and professors and point out specific things that you find particularly interesting. Doing this research is very similar to researching a company before a job interview!
Remember all the time you saved? Use it to proofread. Not only in the end, but also while you’re writing. If you’ve left enough time to spare, you should be able to set your essay aside for a few days before rereading it to find any mistakes. You can also ask someone else to do this, a friend or professor, and give you feedback afterward. This will help you improve the quality of your writing.