(Closed) NWR: Graduate School Personal statement help.

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 4
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Think of it like a cover letter.  Try to catch someone’s attention and hold their interest.  Pretty much sell yourself.  Weird concept, I know.

Post # 5
5788 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ah my least favorite part of the application. Basically you’re supposed to tell the school about yourself (and why you would contribute to their class) without repeating anything they could find in your resume/transcript. I think the fact that you’re changing majors makes it easier. Write about what made you chose Mental Health or why being an English major actually makes you a better candidate. You can be creative, use anecdotes or stories to brighten up the tone.

It could be worse NYU lets you send in artwork so I spent weeks being paranoid that other people had sent in Picassos

Post # 6
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I advise medical students on how to write their personal statements for residency application.

Main points are:

1.  A hook (story, quote, etc. to hook the reader and stand apart as unique)

2.  Why the field you are going into

3.  Why they should pick you (don’t generalize, include actual examples of your strengths)

4.  Conclusion paragraph emphasizing the type of program you want to get into and what you bring to the table (circle back to the hook if you can)

Hope that helps.  Feel free to PM me your draft if you’d like a fresh pair of eyes on it.

Post # 7
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m applying for a research psych/neuroscience PhD program and I used my personal statement to talk about a) how I got where I did and b) why I chose that particular professor and program. Did they give you an outline of what they want?

Post # 8
1210 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I wrote a personal statement when I applied for my MSW, so I assume it is somewhat similar. I would make sure to include your reasoning behind wanting to go in the mental health field and what your goals are. I would also add in what you expect to take from the program as well as what you can offer as a member of the student body. Those things took up a lot of space in my personal statement–although mine was expected to be like 3-4 pages long. 

Post # 9
741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Go to the website of the school you are applying for, and look at their website’s mission statement and what they are looking for in students. Remember who your audience is; I think sometimes it’s easy to write personal statements for yourself, but remember you have to impress an academic pannel. Highlight why you want to go into this field and why you would be a good fit (I’m not sure of your reasons, but in psychology a lot of the time people who have went through certain mental diseases like depression want to treat depressed people, and that is frowned upon in the field. Keep your bottom line professional). 

That’s all I can think of at the moment without knowing more info. I’m actually getting my MA in International Relations now, but my undergrad degree was in psych and was a TA on how to get into grad school programs. Good luck!!

Post # 10
1231 posts
Bumble bee

@imalittlebirdie: You have to write 2 essays? bummer.

I went to Grad school for literacy. So I talked about my experiences working with children in schools and how children are struggling with reading and writing.

I began by talking about my work in classrooms where children were struggling with reading and writing. I talked about my thought process and how I could help those students with their literacy skills.

Then I talked about how if I got into the program I would be able to explore new ways to reach students and make literacy appear to be more than just a school subject, but something they need for daily life outside of the classroom. I even dicussed examining new ways to reach students using technology and giving them the digital literacy skills they need in the 21 st century.

I don’t know if that helps any, but use your experiences and it should help get it to 1000 words. You are already so close! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your degree! I am just about to graduate with my masters in mental health counseling! It’s a wonderful degree and I hope you enjoy every minute of it! πŸ™‚ If it would help you at all I would be more than happy to pass on my personal statement that was written for mental health counseling programs. 

Post # 16
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In addition to telling them about yourself, you want to tell them about why you’re a good fit at the program. Mention people’s you’re interested in working with, and how their research interests mesh with your own interests. What populations are you most interested in counseling? Are there specialties that you want to develop which this program will be particularly good at teaching you? This awareness of yourself in the program will help to set you apart from other applicants.

Also — I wouldn’t hesitate to take something like this to the writing center on your campus, if you have one. Always helps to have another set of eyes catching spelling, grammar, usage, vocab things!

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