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When applying for graduate school, scholarships, or other competitive opportunities, your personal statement is a critical piece of your application.

Construct and polish your personal statement:

Personal statements should convey a narrative that will give the reader a clear picture of who you are and how your story applies to the program you are applying to. Look at the LEEP Center calendar for personal statement workshop dates and make an appointment with Jessica Bane Robert, the assistant director of the Writing Center and Writing Program.

Ask students who have successfully applied to similar positions or scholarships how they drafted their personal statements. What did they focus on? What impression were they trying to make? How did they budget their time and what resources did they use? Hearing a variety of responses can spark ideas on how to start your own personal statement.

Together you will discuss your qualifications to determine the experiences and skills you should focus on in your personal statement.

Your faculty adviser can assist you in drafting a personal statement that highlights aspects of your academic experience in conjunction with your unique personal qualities, skills and qualifications.

Set up an appointment with a Writing Center consultant as you draft your statement. The Writing Center staff will ensure that your personal statement is clear, thorough and persuasive.