A well-thought-out personal statement is a chance to make a strong connection between your focus and the program’s goals. Your personal statement should:
- Be a summary of your career goals, and a way to communicate your enthusiasm to a prospective admissions office.
- Evaluate your experiences and provide the reader with insight into what drives you.
- Be unique.
Below are some quick tips to help you create an effective personal statement.
If you have any questions, or would like to make a one-on-one appointment to review your personal statement, please contact Elizabeth Pinone, Career Resources Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-638-4720.
Personal Statement Writing Tips
- Your personal statement should be free of grammatical errors, misspellings and typos. Make sure to have someone review your essay multiple times.
- Evaluate your experiences, rather than describe them – strive for depth rather than breadth.
- Think of your essays as a preliminary interview on paper. You want to show that you can think and communicate clearly and accurately.
- Convey something of your personality, to give your readers an idea of what you are like as a person, and why they would welcome having you as a student and future colleague.
- Select information that enhances your qualifications in the mind of the reader.
Questions to ask yourself before you write:
- What are your career goals?
- What skills (for example, leadership, communicative, analytical) do you possess?
- What’s special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story? What might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants?