Then, give some thought to your goals and how to articulate them compellingly in a statement of purpose. What can you contribute to the graduate school community?
What can you contribute to this particular degree program?
A graduate school personal statement or similar type of application essay, however, is your opportunity to show the admissions committee what you’re made of.
They want to know why you’re applying to their graduate program, and the application essay is your chance to communicate that to them as clearly and compellingly as you can.
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] The graduate school personal statement serves two basic purposes.
It ranks up there with other false personal statement and application tips like the advice that you should leave your recommenders alone.
Like that unhelpful tip, writing that kind of personal statement can prove detrimental to your grad school application. “Why I want to go to grad school” is a fundamentally forward-thinking question.
Second, the application essay gives you the opportunity to present the admissions committee with more of a “three-dimensional” perspective of yourself as a deserving candidate than GPA and GRE numbers possibly can.
What you choose to write sends clear signals about what’s important to you and what your values are.