Date of publication: 2017-09-05 04:26
Remember that it’s important to answer any specific questions that may be required as part of the personal statement requirement. It might be easy to get caught up in trying to impress the admissions committee to the point of failing to adequately answer some of the particular questions that are required. Candidates who take the aforementioned advice to heart will be well on their way to getting admissions committees to given them the nod of approval.
• Accentuate your positive qualities. If you had the highest mark in class, make sure that they know it. Make sure that they know that you were able to hold a full-time job while going to school. Make sure that they know that you won any awards. Make sure that they know that you were captain of a team.
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• Type your final draft unless they tell you not to. Type it well with no mistakes. Buy some good paper. If you’re writing it, see that it is clear and legible.
These five points are very general but almost every university wants to know about them. They may be too general but if you miss one of them you are probably missing something important.
Turabian Citation and Format Style Guide
ISR Information Services and Resources, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Introduces the Turabian format and provides examples of citation styles in Portable Document Format (PDF).
• Do write a separate personal statement for each university. There is no reason why you can’t take a paragraph from one essay and apply it to another. Your essays don’t have to be every word different but each university would like to think that you are especially interested in their program. Each university is different. Make something about your essay distinctive to that university and mention its name. Don’t write an all-purpose general essay. Admissions faculties don’t like that.
Research and Documentation Online
Bedford/St. Martin's Inc. Publishers, New York and Boston
Finding sources and documenting sources in Humanities (MLA), Social Sciences (APA), History (Chicago), and Sciences (CBE number system from Council of Biology Editors). Glossary of Library and Internet Terms. List of Style Manuals.
• Be definite in writing your application. Don’t say ‘I hope to do this’ ‘I might like to do that’. Say ‘I want to do this’, ‘I am planning to do this’, ‘I intend to do that’. Your language is definite. It is not hesitant and indecisive.
GMAT Question Bank
Certainly, it is good at the beginning of the essay, whether in the introduction or the body, to acknowledge that people do alter their identity. However, to actually answer this question, you need to go beyond acknowledging the fact that people do change their identity, and discuss or debate the extent to which this happens and why.
The Writers' Workshop
Department of English, Northern Illinois University.
Students' Resources include Editor's Grammar and Mechanics, Quoting and Quotations, Citing Sources: The MLA Way, and Plagiarism: A MUST read. See also Tutors' Resources, Instructors' Resources, and Visitors' Resources.