Free Sample Personal Statement in English
For Program: MA in English
I hope to go to Graduate School at Kankakee because I believe it
represents the next important challenge in my life. The last two years
have taught me that learning about literature can be more than an
avocation. Returning to school has brought about a transformation in my
life, and as I make discoveries about literature, I learn about myself.
I want to keep making discoveries.
Since 1977 I have worked to develop a technical career. I enjoy this
work, but it cannot compare to the fulfillment of reading and studying
literature. Experiencing literature, and working with people who know
and care about it, are what I want to do. Committing any more of my
energy to a career other than this would be like writing with my left
I want to go to Graduate School so that I can learn to know literature
well. I want to explore the shape and the meaning of the novel and its
literary antecedents. I want to understand what the novel has meant in
different literary periods, and what is likely to become. I want to
explore its different forms, realism, naturalism, and other modes, and
the Victorian and Modernist consciousness as they are revealed.
I am drawn to the works of Hardy, Conrad, Faulkner, and Morrison, the
poetry of Herbert, Dickinson, and Hopkins, and the tragedies of the
Greeks and Shakespeare. I want to speak and write about the power of
literature, and the experience it is for me and for others. I want to
learn to read, to write, and to think critically, and to use these
skills as a professional. Most of all, I want to teach, and to guide
others in their explorations of the world through literature, to
encourage them to see in it all that I see in it: the whole of human
experience, beautifully and fully and truthfully contained in words.