How to Write a Personal Statement for Graduate School
Personal Statement, also known as Statement of Purpose, Letter of
Intent, or even Autobiographical Statement, is among the most important
element in your application. Nonetheless, they're all asking for the
same five pieces of information.
What you'd like to study or on which field you want to concentrate.
Why you choose to such field.
What background you have in the field.
Why you choose a particular school.
What you plan to do after you graduate.
These five points provide a comprehensive introduction of yourself to
the admission committee. With such information, the admission committee
will be able to determine whether you are seriously interested in and
accumulate sufficient experience in the field you chosen. The committee
also considers your fit to the school.
How to make your Statement of Purpose stand out?
Covering the above five points is far less than sufficient. To be
accepted, you should create your personal statement in a unique style.
Many applicants simply list the facts of their academic life, goals and
reasons to choose the school in order to respond to the right questions.
To distinguish your statement of purpose, it is a good idea to start
with an idea or story related to your field that turns you on
intellectually. It's an effective essay-opener, and it lets you write
about something besides yourself for a bit. There are other benefits as
well. The idea you choose to talk about, and your comments on it, often
tell an admissions committee more about you than your own
Demonstrate your considerable dedication to earn a master's and even a
Clearly state your reasons to choose a particular school.
someone else proofread your essay.
Bring up topics or
something of no interest to a prospective admissions committee.
Excessive words on your
Reuse the same statement of
purpose for each school you apply to.