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Application Tip #1 Personal Statement

Tip #1 Personal Statements

Personal statements are tough! How can you eloquently capture your past experience, future goals, and your fit with a program in one to two pages?

A great personal statement requires some thought and self reflection. When people talk with a friend about what they want to do, they usually verbalize a pretty compelling essay. The trick is getting it down in writing. Here are some prompts that may help ease the writing process.

  • What are your goals? More specifically, how will this program help you reach your goals?
  • What do you hope/expect to get out of it? More specifically, what knowledge, skills, experience, or connections do you hope to take away from the program?
  • What skills, experience, or perspective will you bring to the class?
  • Why our school?
  • Why now in your career/educational path?

An essay that addresses at least 3 out of 5 of the above is usually a pretty good essay. Five out of five is a great essay.

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