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Question 1 of 37
 
 
a Statement of Purpose should contain...
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A professional vision of the candidate’s future, including his/her short and long term plans after graduation, a brief assessment of relevant achievements summarizing the candidate’s professional strengths as well as academic needs, and the specific reasons that the candidate has chosen the particular program and institution for his/her graduate studies.
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Question 2 of 37

while the Personal Statement includes...​​​
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a personal reflection about the candidate’s own strengths within an academic community, highlighting community work, extra-curricular activities, teamwork and a multicultural appreciation, and linking them to how he/she will contribute to the particular program and institution (including its student groups) chosen.​
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Question 3 of 37
 
A Statement of Purpose has the objective of: uniquely portraying the candidate in terms of professional vision. It includes an assessment of the career path that has been chosen with the reasons or motivations for the professional field of study and a summary of academic strengths. It is meant to justify why the candidate needs a graduate degree, why in the academic area, and why at the institution chosen.
The elements that a Statement of Purpose must contain are:
  • Short and long-term professional goals
  • An assessment of the candidate’s career path and professional strengths
  • An assessment of academic needs
  • Specific characteristics of the graduate program that will meet the candidate’s academic needs
  • Personal Statement
The Personal Statement is a picture of the prospect at his/her best in the individual realm. It is a crucial part of an application because it represents the only means by which the student can be known as a person; it actually sets the candidate’s academic record into the perspective of his/her chances and hurdles. This essay basically “sells” the person putting him/her in the position of a desired student because of all that he/she has to offer the programs or class. It discusses the candidate’s life, experiences and goals. Through this essay the applicant must show enthusiasm and commitment, and most importantly, ensure that he/she truly stands out from the mass and has a unique fit for the particular program.
The candidate describes and explains the package of traits, values, experiences and personal growth that has built him/her into who he/she is today. The essay invites the reader to get to know the candidate and thus should include personal moments or meaningful people described, as well as indicate priorities and abilities to discern and judge on the part of the applicant. It is an opportunity for a creative inner reflection. Therefore, the applicant’s personality should arise from the text and showcase his/her uniqueness and how this will contribute to the class and program in an exclusive and significant way.
The prospect student should be careful not to expose situations that might be self-defining yet work against him/her because it portrays something negative that may be unnecessary. Many students focus on very specific moments and take too much space to describe something that should not be shared, should not take the central character’s place or simply is not meaningful enough.
The basic components of a Personal Statement are:
  • Qualities, traits and values
  • Community Involvement
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Personal Interests, development areas and new opportunities
There is no perfect way to write a Personal Statement but those that are considered good documents should include evidence that is not reflected in other parts of the application and how the described events have shaped the person’s center, attitude, motivation, intellectual drive and inner growth.
​​​Using what you learned, complete the following statements in your own words. Then, select (or click) on each of the blanks to reveal the correct answer. A summary of my experience organizing community outreach campaigns during Christmas to feed and clothe the disadvantaged would greatly serve to support my leadership, as I include this characteristic in…
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Question 4 of 37

If I want to mention my plans to return to the family business and expand its operations internationally, I would include this in...​​​
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Question 5 of 37

I describe how I overcame a disease and the deep learning that arose from that experience as part of...​​​
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Question 6 of 37

Explaining about a work experience that led me to make decisions related to leadership and teamwork should be written in...​​​
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Question 7 of 37

A significant revelation that has shaped my personality and made me mature greatly could be explained in...​​​
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Question 8 of 37
 
 
The prospect student should prepare a thorough list of characteristics that depict him/her both in the professional and personal realms. In order to do this, the applicant should begin brainstorming on these essays early enough so as not to rush in the writing and in an organized continuous way. Soon, the candidate could have a definite list of situations, experiences and traits to consider those that best characterize him/her. Each point on this list would then have to be developed and described carefully, as well as identified and classified as part of one of the essays, the Statement of Purpose or the Personal Statement.
The professional characteristics include the academic and work backgrounds, the skills and strengths developed through these, the short and long term goals that derived from this path and the academic interests that result in the present decision to pursue a particular program.
In the personal realm, on the other hand, all personal characteristics revolve around making the candidate a distinctively unique person who has valuable traits and experience to share with his/her peers in his/her intended pathway.
It is also important that the candidate be aware of his/her weaknesses or areas of opportunity that he/she needs to reinforce or develop. Even though the negative aspects will not be mentioned unless asked to do so precisely, it is important that the applicant identifies his weaknesses, so as to be ready to address them when asked, while also be careful not to focus on these when building personal or professional essays.
  • Professional Characteristics
Before writing a Statement of Purpose, candidates are strongly advised to make an inventory of professional achievements in order to back up their professional strengths. This exercise will not only aid in the construction of this essay, but also prove quite helpful in building a resume. Aside from the achievements earned throughout a career path, a clear definition of short and long-term professional goals, along with the corresponding academic areas of interest, will complete the assessment for candidates to graduate programs.
Please answer true or false to each of the following advice statements. Then, click on the End button to reveal the correct answers.
1. A candidate’s academic background (undergraduate degree) must be aligned to his/her career path in order to write an effective Statement of Purpose.​​​
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False. Although this can be the case, it is not absolutely necessary. Actually, a career change is a good justification for studying a graduate degree.
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Question 9 of 37

​​​A list of professional achievements is enough to account for a candidate’s strengths.
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False. A candidate not only needs to count his/her achievements, self-awareness of his/her strengths is also necessary for a complete self-assessment.
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Question 10 of 37

Short-term goals should be clearly described, but long-term goals need not be as definite when a candidate expresses them.​​​
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True. A candidate is advised to clearly define his/her immediate goals after graduation because it demonstrates focus. Long-term goals are likely to change and could include more than one possible path.​
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Question 11 of 37
 
 
True. A candidate is advised to clearly define his/her immediate goals after graduation because it demonstrates focus. Long-term goals are likely to change and could include more than one possible path.​
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True. It is strongly advised that these aspects be aligned to build a stronger case in the Statement of Purpose.
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Question 12 of 37
 
 
1. Background
Although someone’s academic background might not be completely aligned to his/her career plans, it accounts for an important portion of his/her professional profile, so it should be mentioned. If the area of study is directly related to the candidate’s job history, then it stands as support of his/her career strengths. If it is also related to the career plans, then it even makes a stronger case for a candidate. In any case, the academic background should be mentioned. A candidate’s initial interest in the area could be mentioned anecdotally to provide a personal touch if no Personal Statement is required in the application. Also, relevant diplomas or certifications should be included if they are aligned to the candidate’s proposed career vision.
Example of relevant background description in a Statement of Purpose:
"Seeking to balance my interest in finance with my commitment to social development, I majored in Economics at the University of X. As a Mexican witnessing the contrast between rich and poor, I became interested in how such gap originated and why it persisted. Working as a research assistant, I understood how Mexico’s financial system does not provide affordable capital sources for the lowest-income segments in, and realized the need for capital access channels."
2. Skills and Strengths
Candidates are encouraged not to repeat a list of achievements from their resume when they assess their career progress. Also, they should not focus on results just for the sake of them or for their impact on a company or institution. Instead, they should highlight the professional aspects that they developed as a result of their achievements. Someone’s "takeaways" (what they took/acquired or learned from the experience) can really provide insight into his/her professional maturity to assess strengths and areas of opportunity.
Example of an INEFFECTIVE assessment of career progress:
"A proven record of achievements supports me, including the most representative:
1. At just 22, I co-founded Grupo X-Pro-ciudadanía, an organization of nearly 70 that assists disadvantaged women, youth and children in State MMM. Our group has achieved such success in its nine years of existence that it has been awarded the highest honor: the "Carta Real".
2. As the youngest member in the direct team of advisors for the Mayor of State MMM, I developed one of the most important and revolutionary tools for the formulation of governmental strategies in a Mexican city. I also designed State MMM’s Council for the promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises, a Micro-financing organization.
3. My greatest achievement is the definition and application of one of the most practical and comprehensive Knowledge Management (KM) models in a Mexican company (Company X)."
Example of an EFFECTIVE assessment of career progress:
"After graduating, I joined Company X to develop its Knowledge Management Department. By defining this new area in a ground-breaking field, I shaped my managerial and leadership skills, while innovating and reducing knowledge-transfer costs by almost 60%.
Afterwards, I moved to Company P to become the head for its Talent Management Initiative. Leading a four-member team, I optimized the collaboration dynamics and talent management for about 1,000 employees. Through this integral project, I enhanced my change management skills convincing and motivating an initially unwilling group."
3. Goals
To illustrate what a candidate’s career vision, consider the following analogy: A man goes to get his eyes checked since he believes he needs glasses. The first thing the optometrist does is give the man a vision test. He asks him to look at a chart with letters on it. The man starts reading and as he goes down the chart to the smaller typeface he squints and starts misreading because his eyesight is not as sharp.
In the same way, a candidate’s immediate goals after graduation, like the E at the top of the vision test chart, must be clear and well-defined. Further goals and plans might be a bit blurry or not as clear, but this is fine, since it is expected. Both of these aspects, short and long-term goals, are necessary to provide support for a candidate’s focus.
Short-term goals should include:
  • A job position after graduation
  • A possible employer, including type of industry or business and even an example with a name.
  • The expected learning or growth for the 2-5 years following graduation.
  • A description of mid-term goals is optional but recommended.
  • A plan from the completion of the short-term goals to the long-term goals is also recommended.
Long-term goals should include:
  • A 10-year goal after graduation.
  • The inclusion of a social or community-related endeavor is suggested.
4. Academic interests (development areas)
A candidate’s search for specific knowledge and tools is what drives him/her to pursue a graduate degree. Thus, these interests must be intimately related to the short and long term goals. The "gap" in skills or knowledge found between the assessment of strengths and what is needed to effectively fulfill professional goals determines the academic areas of opportunity for a candidate. However, it is necessary to explicitly name these for admissions officials to appreciate a candidate’s complete self-analysis, maturity and sharp professional vision.
​​​To determine your academic interests, please answer the following questions:
Why do you need a graduate degree?

What specific knowledge and skills are you looking for?

Why are you applying to the specific program or institution you have chosen?

​​​ What are the main academic strengths of the program or institution that can help you improve?

​Using what you learned, complete the following statements in your own words. Then, select (or click) on each of the blanks to reveal the correct answer.
1. The important points that I must cover as a candidate in my professional assessment are:
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Question 13 of 37

When mentioning my background it is important to link it to:
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Either my strengths or my goals.
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Question 14 of 37

​​​In order to effectively assess my career progress I must not only list my achievements but relate them to:
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My “takeaways” or what I learned from my achievements.
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Question 15 of 37

​​​When I describe my goals, it is essential that my short-term goals are presented:
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Clearly and definitely, including a position and type of business upon graduation.
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Question 16 of 37

​​​The “gap” between the professional strengths and the skills/ knowledge I need to fulfill my short-term goals helps to determine my:
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Academic needs or interests.
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Question 17 of 37
Personal Traits
For an excellent Personal Statement, the candidate should wisely build a list of personal traits that make him/her valuable and exceptional. All of these personal traits, qualities, and values are to be supported by life activities and experiences that can portray the precise individual that the applicant is today; these personal characteristics will be brought into the institution to which the applicant is accepted enriching the diversity of the class. Thus, global vision enhanced by multicultural experiences will make the prospect a much more appreciated and desirable person. 1. Qualities, Traits and Values These essentials are all those characteristics that build the candidate’s personality and have shaped him/her into who he/she is: values taught at home, personality traits, developed or innate qualities. These should all be enhanced by definite examples or experiences, leading to the ultimate goal, which is offer them as class heightening elements. 2. Community Involvement All activities that correspond to community awareness and well-being should be included in a Personal Statement. The activities and/or groups involved have to be carefully described and the candidate’s participation enhanced in the description. This is also important as to let the institution know that among the goals of the prospect student is giving back to society after graduation, when he/she has enough tools and skills to do so in a rightful efficient way. 3. Extra-curricular Other extracurricular activities will also enhance personal development, a balanced life and extraordinary passion to fulfill personal interests. All types of activities can be included here, such as sports, arts, debate groups, ecologically oriented activities and other cultural, leadership or team work enhancing actions that have involved time and effort. 4. Personal Interests Additionally, personal interests and hobbies are important and give a shining touch to a personal statement. The candidate can include those areas, things or activities that he/she feels attracted to, such as cooking, reading, collecting coins or peculiar objects, playing guitar or listening to a special kind of music. These final bits can many times, if mentioned and explained in creative ways, mark differences among the many applicants. Using the personal knowledge about yourself answer the following questions as an exercise to pinpoint your main features in the personal realm. What's special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story? What details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants? Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (for example, economic, familial, or physical) in your life? What personal characteristics (for example, integrity, compassion, and/or persistence) do you possess that would improve your prospects for success in the field or profession? Is there a way to demonstrate or document that you have these characteristics? What skills (for example, leadership, communicative, analytical) do you possess? Why might you be a stronger candidate for graduate school—and more successful and effective in the profession or field than other applicants? What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you?
Complete the following statements according to what you have learned in this section. Then, select (or click) on each of the blanks to reveal the correct answer.
The basic elements that I must include in a Personal Statement are:
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Qualities, traits, values, extracurricular activities, community aid activities and personal interests.
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Question 18 of 37
 
 
 
When mentioning my background it is important to link it to:
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The way in which I will enrich the program and/or class.
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Question 19 of 37

A very important characteristic that is desired in a candidate who fits in perfectly to make his/her way into a successful life in the 21st Century is:
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Global or multicultural experience.
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Question 20 of 37

Hobbies and personal interests are also important because:
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They enhance and make a candidate stand out from the rest.
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Question 21 of 37

Extracurricular activities can portray and support:
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A person’s development, balanced life and passion.
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Question 22 of 37
 
Know the Institution
Before applying to a program, thorough research must be done on its particulars and the characteristics of the university.
Complete the following statements with your previous knowledge and in your own words. Then, select (or click) on each of the blanks to reveal a possible correct answer.
All universities seek to fulfill both academic as well as integral needs for candidates.
Thus, the academic aspects of a program or university that I must research before applying should include:
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University mission, program educational objectives, faculty and areas of specialty or research groups, specialties or majors within the academic program, specific classes, program flexibility (electives), and lecture series or conferences, among the most important aspects.
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Question 23 of 37

To complement the academic aspects, it is advisable for me to also research the following integral aspects:
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Class make-up in terms of professional and cultural backgrounds, student groups and extra-curricular activities, internship opportunities, career counseling or services for graduates.
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Question 24 of 37

To do my research, I can use:
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University catalogues, publications (such as US News or BusinessWeek), the university website, interactions with admissions officers through email or at fairs, interactions with alumni through email or in person, and campus visits with current student interactions.
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Question 25 de 37
 
With many online resources nowadays, university admissions officials expect candidates to do their homework and research programs thoroughly often prior to emailing or chatting with them. A candidate’s interest in a program is mainly shown through his/her thoroughness in researching it. Also in-depth knowledge can help a candidate determine whether a particular program provides him/her a good “fit”. The insight from alumni is extremely valuable, so candidates are encouraged to interact with them either through personal acquaintances or by directly requesting their contact information from the office of admissions.
  • Academic aspects
Among the main academic aspects to research in an institution, the most important are:
  • Its general information and mission statement
  • The program of interest and its specifics
  • The staff and research areas
1. General Information
As part of the university’s general information, the following should be researched by candidates to evaluate whether these items are aligned with their professional and personal expectations and qualifications:
  • General mission and values
  • History and traditions
  • Location / different campuses
  • Admission requirements and process
2. The Program
Candidates are encouraged to find out all the particulars they can about their particular academic program of interest. These include:
  • Program’s academic strengths (evaluated in rankings)
  • Majors or areas of specialty within the program
  • Electives and for-credit projects, research, trips or activities
  • Partnerships with other universities for abroad program
  • Lecture series or conferences offered as complements to the formal curriculum.
3. The Staff
A more thorough research in specific aspects of the program will not only provide valuable information that can be decisive for the candidate, but it can give him/her tools to show their interest. A program’s most important academic specifics are:
  • Classes, especially if these are multi-disciplinary, specialized or practical
  • Professors and their areas of specialty or research
  • Publications within the program or by researching faculty
  • Integral aspects
Other aspects that are to be analyzed are the class itself; who makes it up and how all members interact and relate in everyday activities inside and outside the courses. In addition to these, opportunities and activities outside the curriculum are also important. The resulting information should be linked to the applicant’s personality, values, interests and personal goals.
1. Peers / Class make-up
It is important to know how diverse a group will be in a particular institution, in order to be prepared as to what the applicant will face and how he/she can contribute to the class. Some important aspects would then be:
  • Percentages of students from different countries in the world
  • General qualities required from the accepted class members
  • Impact or experiences of interaction in classes with such composition
2. Extracurricular Opportunities (Clubs, Research, Internships, etc.)
Activities and development outside the curricular responsibilities should be researched in each particular institution to which the candidate is applying to. According to the applicant’s interests and goals, he/she will need information to participate on the different activities offered by the educational organization to which he/she is applying. Usually there are a number of Clubs that the applicant could attend. Also, the opportunities of research and internships will lead to the sought growth and enrichment of the candidate. These areas do not need to be inside the professional pursued goal, but rather fortifying the personal realm. Thus, the applicant should investigate:
  • Clubs related to interests, either to follow-up on some pathway already begun or to initiate special experience or development on some area that might need it.
  • The chances of working on research related to personal interests, thus resulting in a more focused and well-directed work towards the acquisition of aims.
  • Whether he/she will have opportunities to grow finding internship jobs and real life experiences while working on the degree or specifically after graduation.
d. Structure
The way each essay is built or structured is also an important aspect in writing these competitive and descriptive documents. Other than the typical introduction, body and conclusion that all essays should have, a step by step description of each essay structure is necessary in order to include all the information required in each one, as well as to be careful not to include those points that should not be introduced in such writings. Also, more importantly, the order of the information involved in each essay should be carefully crafted to give the overall expected results.
  • Statement of Purpose
Once a candidate has done a complete self-assessment and evaluation of the academic program and institution he/she is applying to, the writing task must be executed. Although there are many different ways to structure a Statement of Purpose, the proposed model has proven its effectiveness because it makes logical sense and caters to the intended readership, the admissions officers.
Candidates often think about organizing their essay in a chronological order, starting with their initial interest in the academic field, covering their background, work experience and developed skills, and then expressing their desire to study at a particular university, to finish with their future career plans and vision.
INEFFECTIVE MODEL
However logically organized, this approach is not very effective because admissions officers have no idea where the candidate is moving towards in his account of his personal history. Also, it leaves the justification for his/her plan to get a graduate degree until the end of the essay. A better idea would be to place this vision first, providing focus and a defined sense of direction to the whole piece. Then, an assessment of the past can be stated, including the initial interest, background and career progress. The “logical gap” created between these two ideas would justify acquiring new knowledge and skills through a graduate degree that specifically addresses the academic needs of the candidate. In this way, the readers (admissions officers) would initially “check the vision” of the candidate, clearly noticing his/her focus and knowing exactly where he/she is headed in his/her intentions for graduate studies. Then the readers would learn more about the strengths of the candidate, to also appreciate his/her assessment of academic needs, which would be logically addressed through a graduate program. The admissions officers would finally read everything the candidate has researched about the specific program, noting his/her marked interest in attending.
EFFECTIVE MODEL
The following outline for the Statement of Purpose details its structure following an effective model that caters to the admissions officers. The questions and statements are included as guidelines.
Statement of Purpose Outline
I. Lifelong dream (Optional). Who do you hope to be when you reach 80?
II. Immediate plans after degree (Detailed and clear). What will you do for years 1 to 2 after graduating from the degree?
III. Path to reach mid to long term plans. How do you plan to go from your immediate job to your later jobs or plans?
IV. Long term goals. What do you want to do in the long run (10 years after graduating)?
V. Initial interest (Optional). How did your career vision / interest in your academic area begin?
VI. Assessment of your career progress (Brief and including your takeaways). List only the relevant achievements leading up to your degree plans.
VII. Academic needs (Specific and concise). What academic needs do you currently have?
VIII. Program/Degree description (Specific and detailed). Why the degree and why at University X? Include both academic and integral aspects
IX. Closing (Ties in with lifelong dream or goals).
As an added advantage for the candidate, this model allows customization of the Statement of Purpose for several applications by simply changing the paragraph or section corresponding to point VIII of the outline.
Complete the following statements with what you learned in this topic and using your own words. Then, select (or click) on each of the blanks to reveal the correct answer.
It is best to start the Statement of Purpose with one’s goals because they provide it:
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By reading about my short and long-term goals, admissions officers will be able to check my:
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After stating my goals, if I follow the second step in the model then I should be presenting:
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Question 28 of 37

The “gap” created between my goals and my current status (after assessing my career progress) provides me the opportunity to explicitly state my:
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Academic needs and reasons for desiring a particular program and university.
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Question 29 of 37

When I describe the program and degree I must mention:
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Question 30 of 37
 
  • Personal Statement
Having done enough reflection to complete an adequate amount of information regarding the personal realm, the applicant is now ready to organize it into a logical, solid and persuasive essay about him/her own self. As a good creative beginning, the person could start by telling a story that sets a scene and captures a major or significant moment of his/her life. The aim is to basically make the readers feel that they are there with the main character. Actually, the setting can be a specific character that influenced the candidate’s life in a powerful changing way. An example of this type of beginning is:

“Wanting to reach the peak of the mountain, I kept walking. I could see to my left the concrete city that raised me; to my right the remains of a mountain that slowly surrendered to over population. Why is humankind against its own surroundings? While carefully passing around a risky path that the last hurricane formed, I knew Mother Nature was not going to let us win without giving a fight. I kept thinking and walking. What are we humans doing? We are so small, yet so dangerous. My passion over ecology and substantiated green actions was boiling inside me, seeking to find solutions to the wrong decisions people continue making until today. I was eleven when I began organizing ecologically conscious groups to make a difference in my community.” (sample from applicant to a Master in International Affairs)
The style of an opening that shares a personal and guiding story can go from the flashy to the plain as long as it is truly personal and leads the readers in a previewed direction. Most people’s lives lack drama so depicting a story in an interesting way could become a challenge. It is important to find a good angle or hook. The lead or beginning paragraph is the most crucial. It grabs or loses the reader’s attention and turns into the framework for the rest of the statement.

Other beginnings include much shorter personal stories, using only one line of text to set the context and lead to a description of an individual’s most important characteristics. An example of this type of beginning would be:

“I spent the morning of my eighteenth birthday in an auditorium with 500 strangers.” (sample from candidate to MBA)

The choice of words also makes a difference when writing a personal statement. For example, if the situation calls for good descriptions and summaries of relevant situations, active verbs are a good choice. Transitions between two ideas or paragraphs also allow the construction to result well organized and interesting.

The writing should be persuasive and always include specific examples to illustrate all ideas, traits, values and learning. Of course the conclusion of the personal statement with an excellent closing will make the final outcome be truly effective.
Plan the layout of the personal statement and divide it into ’pieces’. Both an “attention grabbing” introduction and a “punching” conclusion are needed. There is no design for the faultless personal statement; nevertheless, candidates might consider an essay body focusing on sections such as the following: 
1. Qualities, traits and values.
2. Extra-curricular activities and community involvement in relationship with the characteristics of point one.
3. The relations between personal individualities and interests integrated to the program, class and opportunities offered by the institution applied to.
4. A holistic unifying paragraph, including multicultural experiences and global vision, determining the contribution or enrichment for the class.
Thus, the points to care for in a personal statement should overall result in a neatly wrapped up package that encloses all significant characteristics and experiences that the candidate brings with him into the educational program that he wishes to attend.
The following is a proposed schematic model for a Personal Statement.
MODEL FOR AN EFFECTIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT.
Answer yes or no to each of the following statements. Then, click on the End button to reveal the correct answers.
A Personal Statement should include as many personal experiences as possible.
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Question 31 of 37

Including personal qualities, traits and learned values is important for a Personal Statement
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Question 32 of 37

A strong creative beginning that sets a context for a personal experience is desired.
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Question 33 of 37

Since the most important part of this essay is the beginning, the conclusion can just adjust to the endpoint that was marked by the writer.
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e. Revision, Editing, Touch-Up

Because these pieces of writing are designed to either get the applicant an interview or a place in a school program, it is vital that he/she allows him/herself enough time to revise them thoroughly. This revision needs to occur both on the content level (Was the question addressed? Is there enough detail?) and on the sentence level (Is the writing clear? Are the mechanics adequate?). While tools such as spell-checks and grammar-checks are helpful during revision, they should not be relied on exclusively and there are other stylistic suggestions that are strongly recommended.

While content is critical, form must also be followed in order to convey a message effectively. Thus, editing and revision should not only be done personally by the writer, but also by a second pair of eyes. In these cases, the advice of an expert can prove valuable, since his/her sensitivity and critical assessment can provide insightful comments to improve both the content and the style. 

  • Do’s
Please follow these important recommendations:
  • Be concise and direct. Especially when it comes to describing your achievements, avoid flowery language and wordiness.
  • When stating your goals, be as clear and detailed as possible. Remember that the clearer your picture, the more focused you will come across as.
  • Try to vary the language with which you begin each paragraph. Ease the transition from one idea to the next, so that the reading flows smoothly through the essay.
  • Use formal, yet accessible vocabulary. Keep the tone of the writing sober but friendly.
  • Write in the first person; do not be afraid to use the word “I”, but do not overuse it.
  • Use a readable font, leaving at least one-inch margins around the paper and double-spaced text.
  • Follow the word limit or other length recommendations.
  • Do take a lot of time writing your personal statement and Statement of Purpose.
  • Do read the question carefully and answer precisely what is asked.
  • Do as much research on the university as you can.
  • Accentuate your positive qualities but do not overdo it.
  • Be definite in your writing – do not waver or show yourself indecisive.
  • Do use your best English style and usage, and don't let spelling and grammatical errors spoil your statement.
  • Do ask an expert for feedback on your essays.
  • Use relevant and significant examples.
  • Don’ts
  • Don’t use the same essay identically for all institutions because it might not answer the precise question included.
  • Don’t try to second-guess admissions faculty and don’t flatter them.
  • Don’t be phony. - Be honest.
  • Don’t glorify yourself, don’t exaggerate and absolutely don’t lie.
  • Don’t repeat materials that are already on the application.
  • Don't leave the writing to the last minute: start and plan carefully to have an excellent result.
  • Don't feel that you need to use elaborate language. If you try too hard to impress with long words that you are not confident using, the focus of your writing may be lost.
  • Don't say too much about things that are not relevant – this might work against you.
  • Don’t be too concise and don’t overelaborate or make a very long essay either – don’t bore the admissions committee.
  • Don’t overuse or wrongly use any style or form: humor, literary devices, unconventional or gimmicky devices, personal pronoun “I”, clichés and stereotypes, uncommon or technical language, fancy words, quotes and quotations, etc.
  • Don’t use informal or colloquial language/idioms.
  • Don’t get the name of the school or a staff member wrong.
  • Don’t preach to the reader – do not come out as a fanatical or extreme person.
  • Don’t complain about circumstances in your life
  • Don’t use money as your motivation.
  • Don’t discuss your minority or disadvantaged background or status unless you have a significant story to it.
  • Don’t talk or remind the readers about things they already know.
  • Don’t restate your resume in the essays.
Classify the following statements as DO’s or DON’TS. Then, select the End button to see the correct classification.
Include facts in the essay informing about the curriculum followed in the program.
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DON’TS. Never repeat something the committee knows already.
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Question 35 of 37

Use colloquial language combined with some technical vocabulary.
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DON’T’S "Use formal, yet accessible vocabulary. Keep the tone of the writing sober but friendly. Don’t use informal or colloquial language/idioms."
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Question 36 de 37

Talk about the death of a pet during two paragraphs.
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DON’TS. "Use relevant and significant examples."
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Question 37 of 37

Ask an expert for feedback on the contents of your essays.
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DO’S. It is advisable to go to experts for feedback before sending or submitting these essays.
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