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  1. 1. The Personal Statement compliments of Karen Severn Office of Professional School Advising
  2. 2. <ul><li>Always refer students applying to professional schools to the Office of Professional School Advising: </li></ul><ul><li>http://honors.tamu.edu/opsa/default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Remind them that we can make suggestions on content but that this office has the experts on staff. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The personal statement is not <ul><li>A resume in sentence format. </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to bash the profession you are trying to enter. </li></ul><ul><li>An opinion on anything unless you have first-hand experience in that area. </li></ul><ul><li>A five paragraph essay that sounds like everyone else’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Fiction. </li></ul><ul><li>A dissertation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Consider Your Audience <ul><li>They read a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>They are well-educated. </li></ul><ul><li>They decide which students will sit in their classrooms and help generate a lively debate. </li></ul><ul><li>They turn down applicants who “can do the work” but show little personality. </li></ul>
  5. 5. To begin <ul><li>Decide what you want someone to know about you. </li></ul><ul><li>You, as a unique person, are giving </li></ul><ul><li>information that only you can provide. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of a way to hook yourself into the reader’s memory. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Select the delivery method <ul><li>Anecdotal—give anecdotes to illustrate a concept or idea. </li></ul><ul><li>Story—tell a story and weave facts about yourself into the story. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Consider the format <ul><li>Be careful to follow directions for the format. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use special paper, binders, or folders because they committees have copies of your information. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Activities <ul><li>You should not talk about your activities in various organizations and leadership positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Most people applying to professional school will have undertaken the same kinds of activities. </li></ul><ul><li>If there is a specific organization or activity or experience which has sincerely shaped you or been particularly important to you, you should certainly discuss it. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not regurgitate your transcript or your activities. That information will be on your resume. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Understanding <ul><li>An understanding of the profession: </li></ul><ul><li>If some experience has given you insight into the profession you have chosen, be sure the admissions committee knows that. </li></ul><ul><li>An understanding of the connection between your goals and the particular professional school: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss why you choose to apply to a particular school. Avoid cliches like “I aways wanted to be a doctor.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Qualities to stress <ul><li>Conscientiousness </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerity </li></ul><ul><li>Seriousness </li></ul><ul><li>Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Specificity </li></ul><ul><li>Brevity </li></ul>
  11. 11. Communication Skills <ul><li>Be sure that your statement is clear, well-written, and concise. </li></ul><ul><li>Be absolutely sure that it has no misspelled words or grammatical errors. </li></ul>

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