Personal Statements

Design Student in Studio

Tips for Writing a Strong Personal Statement

  • Include 2 or 3 specific stories that illustrate your skills and experiences
  • Touch on your intellectual learning from  these experiences and highlight what else you want to learn during grad school
  • Be creative in the way that you share information
  • Touch on your specific professional goals
  • Use strong grammar and writing skills throughout
  • Answer application questions in a clear and organized manner
  • Get feedback from your faculty or make an appointment with your career counselor

Common Problems/Mistakes

  • Listing all activities from a resume or application in narrative form
  • Using commonplace language: "I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember..."
  • Poor grammar and typos