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What’s your story?. Writing the Personal Statement and Preparing the CV. Michelle Miley Assistant Director, Writing in the Disciplines University of Houston Writing Center Fall 2007. Imagine you’re on an elevator. . . .

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What s your story

What’s your story?

Writing the Personal Statement and Preparing the CV

Michelle Miley

Assistant Director, Writing in the Disciplines

University of Houston Writing Center

Fall 2007


Imagine you re on an elevator

Imagine you’re on an elevator. . .

  • …and the giant in your field steps in with you. You introduce yourself, and she asks you what you do. You have 20 floors to tell her who you are, what you are interested in, and why you should study with her.

  • What are you going to tell her?


You write your own story

You write your own story.

  • And when writing you must always ask

    • What’s my purpose?

    • Who’s my audience?

    • Knowing the above, what medium should I use?


What is the purpose audience of a personal statement

What is the purpose/ audience of a personal statement?

  • “In no more than 800 words, discuss your personal motivations, academic interests, relevant research or experience, long-term objectives, and your specific interest in attending Mythic University.”

  • -Schall, Joe. Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays.” Eden Prairie, MN: Outernet Publishing, 2006. p. 19.


Knowing the purpose and audience what form will your personal statement take

Knowing the purpose and audience, what form will your personal statement take?

  • Introduction

    Articulate a personal or professional inspiration; provide a quick, meaningful snapshot of who you are as a person, and establish your thesis.

  • Body

    A. Discuss your academic background/ experience as a learned set of skills in relation to your thesis.

    B. Establish some long-term objectives to show your sense of purpose.

  • Conclusion

    Close with specifics about your target program and how your goals and background link to that program.


What are some details you might include

What are some details you might include?

  • Anything special about the academic program you are in now

  • Participation in a first-year or senior seminar or thesis program

  • Past academic scholarships (and the criteria)

  • Intern, co-op, or work experiences relevant to graduate study

  • Educational training

  • Interesting personal stories related to graduate study (or your ability/ motivation for graduate study)

  • Workload while going to school

  • Experience you’ve had between undergraduate and graduate school to prepare you for the field

  • Other activities you participated in besides academia (if juggled successfully)

  • Service projects

  • A rising GPA (if the first two years weren’t so hot)


What tone style do you use

What tone/style do you use?

  • Assume a respectful, individual tone throughout.

  • Use narratives and anecdotes.

  • Use definitions when necessary.

  • Use metaphors, similes and analogies.

  • Use active, powerful verbs.


Don t forget to leave time to revise

Don’t forget to leave time to revise!


What is a cv or vita or vitae

What is a CV, or Vita, or Vitae?

  • “The curriculum vitae, commonly referred to as a CV, Vita, or Vitae, is a brief biographical resume of one’s educational and work background. The origin of the term is Latin and means ‘the course of one’s life or career.’

  • . . .

  • [T]he CV is often referred to as an ‘academic resume.’”

  • --Jackson, Acy L. “Introduction.” How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae. Lincolnwood, Illinois: VGM Career Horizons, 1995.


What are the sections included

What are the sections included?

  • Education

  • Coursework

  • Honors/ Achievements/ Awards/ Kudos

  • Thesis/ Dissertation Abstract

  • Research Interests

  • Research and/or Laboratory Experience

  • Teaching Interests and Experiences


What are the sections included cont

What are the sections included? (cont.)

  • Instrumentation Experience

  • Special Skills

  • Publications/ Presentations/ Works-in-Progress

  • Work Experience

  • Professional Associations / Learned / Scientific Societies

  • Background

  • Community Service

  • Cocurricular Activities

  • Interests (avocational activities)

  • References / Recommendations


Final thoughts

Final Thoughts

  • Ask the experts – those like the people who will be reading your applications.

  • Ask the experts – those who write cv’s all the time; especially those in your field.

  • Always revise! Edit! Proofread!

  • Remember the Writing Center.

  • Remember this is your life.


Works cited resources for you

Works Cited/ Resources for you. . . .

  • Jackson, Acy L. “Introduction.” How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae. Lincolnwood, Illinois: VGM Career Horizons, 1995. (Available in e-book form at the UH Library. )

  • Schall, Joe. Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays.” Eden Prairie, MN: Outernet Publishing, 2006.


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