(Closed) Personal Statement Help

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

PM it to me! I am in charge of graduate admissions here so I can certainly help.

As for length, double space it and keep it at one page unless it has a word count requirement. After 1 page, I’m done.

For content, be personal without being flowery or too poetic. You wont believe some of the essays I read that go in to life stories or how their dream was to always be the best _________.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

When I did my personal statement for pharmacy school, I believe it was one or two pages double spaced.

My personal statement was kind of in between a letter and a formal paper. I used first person, but I also made sure to use correct formatting and formal language. They need to be able to get a feel of “you”, but at the same time don’t be too informal (don’t use contractions (don’t…) or slang, and make sure your sentences and paragraphs are organized to be an easy and logical read/sequence).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh, and I forgot to ask… is it on a topic? What are they asking you to write about? If it’s just an admissions statement, format it like a coverletter:

First paragraph: How you found the program and specifics about what you want to go in to. Wrap up your skills

Second and third paragraph: About your undergrad with favorite classes, professors, extracurricular. Add an extra paragraph for internships or school related professional experiences. 

Fourth paragraph: About your professional work experience (skills, accomplishments, etc.)

Fifth paragraph: Mission statement- why you want to study what you are studying and why at this specific school and program

Sixth paragraph: Wrap it up.

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