Graduate School Admission Applications and Writing the Personal Essay Rosemarie Sena Center Career Development Services The Application Process Applicants will usually be required to submit some combination of the following: Graduate Admission Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.)
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What’s important is what you say and how you say it. Personal Essay
Be sure to answer the admission committee’s questions.
When appropriate, use a theme for your personal story.
Maintain a positive and upbeat tone.
Grab the reader’s attention in your opening paragraph.
Avoid potentially controversial subjects.
Remember the 3 C’s: clear, concise, and correct.
Proofread, proofread, proofread!Guidelines and Hints for the Personal Essay
Read instructions carefully Personal Essay — different schools want different items.
Be sure that you follow any guidelines for length and margins.
If no guidelines are given, go with the standard—no more than 2 pages double-spaced with one inch margins all around.
Try not to be too perfect or too idealistic.
Use real life experiences to illustrate a point—put yourself in the essay.Guidelines and Hints for the Personal Essay