Personal Statement

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, epinone1@bu.edu 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?