THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT SHOULD ANSWER
THE PURPOSE OF YOUR ESSAY IS TO BREATHE SOME LIFE INTO YOUR APPLICATION.
It adds color and interest to an otherwise lifeless document. You are writing the story that only you can tell. If you had a 10-minute interview with the admissions team, what would you want them to know about you that is not in other parts of your application? Your Personal Statement should make you come to life for the selection committee because it answers the following questions:
“Who am I?” (Your background, personality, identity. What makes you YOU?)
“Why am I here?” (Your purpose, your journey, how you will make a difference)
“What is unique about me?” (Your values, interests, motivations, and skills)
“What matters to me?” (Your passions, goals, and inspirations)
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wild
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