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Do’s and don’ts of graduate school personal statements

Grad student
The personal statement, or statement of purpose, is perhaps the most important element of a graduate school application. What makes it somewhat elusive is that there isn’t a formula to follow: instead, applicants have considerable freedom to craft arguments, unique to their life experiences and compositional flair, for why they should be admitted to graduate school. Consequently, personal statements vary significantly. Notwithstanding, there are some general guidelines to follow and pitfalls to avoid, which I’ve divided below into “do’s” and “don’ts.” Read More