Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Do you commence with a story?
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Do you begin with a reflection on the focus of your forthcoming graduate studies?
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Do you start at the beginning? And where exactly is that?
If you want your
The graduate admissions committee is looking for a snapshot of you â
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Where you’ve been,
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Where you want to go, and
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â what you want to do with the degree
Here are three simple tips to start your graduate essays:
You should start with a concise academic history of about a paragraph in length.
Then use up a paragraph talking about the research that youâve done (or doing at the time). Then talk about why you wished to go to that school and your career goals and how that particular graduate program would help you meet those.
The statement/essay is also where you would tackle any probable problems, such as an undergrad GPA below 3.0 or a misdemeanor conviction, etc. If you don’t have those problems, great. If so, address them.
That is about it really. Your
When I was helping one of my friends writing
Past, Present, and Future.
In our graduate school, we ask that it be a personal statement, not a story. Basically we ask them to address the following in their statement:
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Why a master’s degree?
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â Why graduate school now?
Ã¼Â Â Â Â Â Â What about your background has led you to this?
You can still grab the attention of the reader by following these concepts. Try to talk conversationally, the way you wrote your question above. A little humor is OK, and you can certainly add in your accomplishments (although I assume they asked for a resume, and that will highlight those…)