A personal statement is just that—a statement about you! While that sounds simple, writing about yourself in a succinct, honest, humble, and articulate way can actually be some of the most difficult writing you will do. Personal statements are generally written for graduate or professional school applications and include a narrative-style account of your professional interests, intellectual strengths, and any other background information that highlights your ambitions and qualifications for that program. Personal statements will likely be read quickly by admissions committee members who are also reading a slew of other applications, so consider the statement as a personal story that highlights a few important and (ideally) distinctive aspects about yourself rather than a mere list of your academic merits and accomplishments. Nonetheless, remember that because your personal statement will likely respond to a question specific to that application, it’s important to organize and articulate your statement accordingly.
Helpful Questions11.2.1.Writing Personal Statements.
When do I feel the most fulfilled or happiest?
Why do I feel fulfilled by that area of my life?
Why am I interested in or passionate about it?
Where do these interests originate in my life history? What has influenced me to pursue these interests?
How do my current activities/commitments reflect these interests, values, and beliefs?
How have these activities and my particular experiences prepared me for a career in my chosen field? In what way did they change my perspective or approach to a certain problem?
How will these values and interests allow me to contribute to my chosen field of study? What contributions do I plan on making?
For more tips and tricks on how to write a personal statement, see this “Hints for a Successful Essay 1 ” page. Remember that you can bring in your personal statement drafts to your university fellowship office and tutoring center, likely even after you graduate.