Writing a personal statement to get into grad school, college, residency or any other big academic program is probably unlike anything else you’ve written recently. This time, the focus is all about YOU, which is often a topic many struggle to write about. Here are some of our editors’ favorite resources for crafting the best statements of purpose!
People often wonder what the most common pitfall is among grad school personal statements. Without a doubt, it’s…
Transitional sentences connect concepts like little bridges throughout your essay. Without them, your essay can feel choppy, disconnected and confusing.
You finally have time to sit down and write you personal statement. You know it’s a big deal, but all you can do is stare at that blank white screen helplessly. “Where do I even begin?”
Do you mention poor academic performance in your personal statement and provide an explanation for the dip? Or do you ignore the topic and hope the admissions team doesn’t worry about it? Our experts weigh in.
After editing hundreds of essays and speaking with former admissions personnel, here is the basic structure we recommend for a personal statement.