SGPRE Seminar #4. Tips for Writing The Personal Statement that Gets You In Summer 2007. Overview. Types of Personal Statements and Graduate School Guidelines Preparation Important Points to Remember Areas to Avoid Dr. Morris Weinberger Experiences with Graduate Applicants
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Tips for Writing The Personal Statement that Gets You In
Response to three or more questions with word limits between 250- 700 words.
Source: Purdue University On-line Writing Lab. Writing the Personal Statement. www.owl.english.purdue.edu.
Accessed June 11, 2007
(keep personal at first)
-Form conclusions that explain the value of your experiences, such as what you learned about yourself, your future goals, and your career plans.
- Don't be tempted to use the same statement for all applications
Words and phrases to avoid without explanation:
Taught folk literature to elementary students in D.C. one summer.
Born and raised in Harlem, NY.
Extremely high GRE scores, nearly excellent. Low GPA.
Interested in electrical engineering
Was 2nd author on a published paper on laser technology research
No interest in academy but rather pursue career in industry.
Scored exceptionally well on math portion of GRE but performance was poor in grammer portion.Personal Statement Activity Lauren Eric
1. What are the strong points of his/her essay? 2. What should be added?
3. What would you do?