Post # 1
So I have to write a personal statement this weekend for my graduate application. The website only said what they want you to include in the essay, not the format/legnth, etc.
Those of you who have recently written personal statements, how long was it and what type of format did you use? I was thinking double spaced, maybe 2 pages. It’s been 3 years since I wrote a “paper” of any kind, so I dont remember if the admission statement is more like a letter to the school or a formal paper?
Post # 3
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
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
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.
Post # 6
@ohmybears48: It’s very similar to what you outlined…so I think I’ll go with that but change some of the paragraphs to match what they are specifically asking for, you know?
oh I hate this! hahaha.