What is a personal statement?
A personal statement is a narrative essay that informs an admissions committee of who the applicant is and why they are qualified for a position.
What is the purpose of a personal statement?
Personal statements provide background on who the applicant is, illustrate why the applicant is interested in the position, explain why the applicant is qualified for the position, demonstrate the applicant’s writing skills, and create a story that makes the applicant memorable.
How long is a personal statement?
Generally, your personal statement should be a 2-3 page statement with double spacing, 1-inch margins, and a 12-point font.
What should I write about?
Your personal statement should be used to tell the admissions committee about you. You should answer the four questions of “Who am I?,” “Why am I interested in this career?,” What are my goals and interests for this career?,” and “Why do I need this program or job to pursue these goals?”
Can I submit the same personal statement to all the programs I apply to?
Your personal statement should be written specifically for each program where you apply. While you can have the same general structure, each version should be modified to meet the requirements of the program and to explain why that program is right for you.
How does the personal statement fit into the rest of my application?
Your personal statement is an opportunity for the admissions committee to learn who you are beyond your transcript, resume, and test scores. Your personal statement democrats your character and your personality in a way that the other aspects of your application cannot.
Step 1: Brainstorm
Step 2: Select the content
Step 3: Select a structure based on the information you plan to include
Step 4: Outline your structure
Step Five: Write your first draft
Step 5: Revise
Tips For Writing Personal Statements