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First Things First The first thing you should know is that graduate school applications require essays that fall into two major categories the general comprehensive personal statement which allows maximum latitude when you write the essay which requires responses to very specific questions Getting Started Your essay will be just one of hundreds read by members of an admissions committee Admissions committees want essays that stand out and are thought provoking In order to set yourself apart from others its important to base your essay on an in-depth and analytical look at who you are Start by trying to answer the following questions as clearly as you can What are your career goals Why are you pursuing this specific career What do you hope to gain by fulfilling these goals How will a graduate education facilitate these plans What are your long-term life goals What makes you different and unique Taking these factors into consideration you also want incorporate other important information such as your academic background your non-academic experiences ie volunteer work job experience world travel recreational activities etc your most significant accomplishment to date whether it be academic vocational athletic Also it is important to demonstrate to the admissions committee that you have read the school catalog carefully researched the program and thoughtfully considered your reasons for applying to this particular school It may help to think about what attributes you want to demonstrate to the readers for example effective communication self-confidence flexibility maturity etc What do you want the admissions committee to remember about you Find Your Voice Review your personal history You want to reveal facts that illustrate a unique dimension about yourself or relate to
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