If your aim is to study in a highly noted university or school, then you must prepare an impressive and attractive personal statement. Your admission criteria will totally depend on how effectively you present your résumé to the panel deciding whether to accept you as a candidate for admission to their institution. Writing a personal statement can be a daunting task, but the following tips should help you easily surpass your difficulty level.
As you get ready to throw yourself into the cutthroat competition for college admissions, you should start by recognizing the importance of a solid admissions résumé. It may be similar to résumés that you have written in the past in order to apply for an internship or other job, but you should recognize important differences in how it presents your background to the admissions committee. It may be tough at first to tailor your writing to this specific purpose, but once you get the hang of it, the admissions résumé should be very easy to complete. Continue reading
“Your personal statement should be exactly that – personal. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself — your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, inspirations. We encourage you to take your time on this assignment. Be open. Be reflective. Find your individual voice and express it honestly.”- University of California
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As any graduate admissions counselor will tell you, your personal statement is one of the most important parts of your grad school application. The personal statement not only distinguishes you from the crowd, but also shows the seriousness of your intent and describes your research interests. It’s not so difficult to write a stellar personal statement, however – after all, there’s nothing easier than talking about yourself. With a bit of planning and reflection, you’ll be able to deliver a clear summary of your achievements and plan for the future.
Everyone has a story, an experience that leads to a life changing moment. Most students feel that their life is not exciting enough or lacks “fun”. Asian students especially tend to downplay personal experiences, and often feel mired in what appears to be a life spent studying and engaging in serious-minded, prescribed extracurriculars, such as English and math tutoring or intense training in a musical instrument that gives them no particular joy. Despite all of these negative distinctions, what sometimes students don’t realize is that application essays are not the place to complain. Telling yourself – or the admissions committee - that you have nothing interesting to write about will send your essay directly to the “rejection” pile. Continue reading
We all find it challenging to sit down, focus, and start a task. A lot of us even procrastinate. The best advice on how to start would be to simply start! This may not sound very helpful, but the action itself is extremely powerful if you just try it. There is no magical way to help you start writing your college essay, if you just take a minute and stop stressing over how to start you will actually achieve the first step.
Moving on from your personal statements and other college related essays, the next most important document would be your CV or résumé. Most people don’t know that this document is just as important as your personal statements. It’s a summary about yourself, a snapshot of who you are and your history. It is also the first document the admissions committee looks at, before reading anything else in your admissions package. Continue reading
When applying to any school, whether it’s undergraduate or graduate, you will always be required to submit one or more written documents. The purpose of these documents is to allow the admissions committee to find out more about the students on a personal level. Looking at your test scores, credentials, class rank, and similar data is not enough. There are thousands of students applying from all over the world with a similar application to yours. Therefore, your writing is arguably more important than anything else you submit, as it gives you the chance to express what makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants.