Posts Tagged ‘personal statement’

5 Pointers for Projecting Professionalism in Your Statement of Purpose

By - Sep 13, 16:16 PM   Comments [0]

In my previous post, I discussed the importance of maintaining an appropriate tone in your admissions essay, and provided tips for checking your tone, specifically for finding a confident tone and avoiding arrogance. Once again, “tone” refers to a writer’s attitude toward their subject (and their...

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5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story

By - Apr 25, 10:40 AM   Comments [0]

Ready to write your personal statement? Then it's time to conjure your inner storyteller. The best way to distinguish yourself from other applicants is to tell the admissions board a good story, a tale of your greatest achievements, dreams, and challenges. How do you tell a...

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3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays

By - Mar 15, 00:55 AM   Comments [0]

One of most important pieces of advice I can give you regarding your personal statements and application essays is this: Show, don’t tell. Here are three tips to help you achieve this must-have writing goal: 1. Show the steps you’ve taken. If you are writing about a goal...

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How Personal is Too Personal?

By - Oct 18, 11:20 AM   Comments [0]

The personal statement is a terrific opportunity to share with admissions committees an interesting and unique aspect of your life. How much should you tell, and how much is too much? When I applied to college, I wrote a personal statement describing some challenging family circumstances I’d had...

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Approaching The Diversity Essay Question

By - Jun 25, 11:38 AM   Comments [0]

Many applications now have a question, sometimes optional, geared to encouraging people with minority backgrounds or unusual educational or family histories to write about their background.  If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants or someone whose ethnicity is a minority...

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Will the Final 4 be Your Top Choice Schools?

By - Mar 31, 23:37 PM   Comments [0]

One story-line that pops up frequently this time of year is the idea that a school that does well in the NCAA tournament will see an increase in application numbers, or in the number of students enrolling. This is popularly known as the Flutie Effect,...

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Personal Statement Fatal Flaw #1: Lack of Substance

By - Feb 19, 14:36 PM   Comments [0]

Writing about nothing tends to bore, like a trite sitcom or movie with no plot. They lack substance and so will your essay if it isn’t based on: • Substantive self-reflection. • Use of specifics, examples, and anecdotes. • Willingness to reveal your thought processes and feelings. So start...

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3 Essential Components of a Personal Statement

By - Sep 12, 13:11 PM   Comments [0]

While listening to a podcast, I started thinking about the essential components of a strong personal statement, statement of purpose, or MBA goals essay. Basically, the adcoms want a map of where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going for the statement of...

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How Personal is Too Personal?

By - Aug 29, 12:44 PM   Comments [1]

The personal statement is a terrific opportunity to share with admissions committees an interesting and unique aspect of your life. However, many applicants are understandably frightened of having to face the “camera” and speak personally about their lives while also trying to impress. So, how...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

By - Nov 22, 15:19 PM   Comments [0]

In the spirit of this American holiday, one of my favorites, I would like to share a few things with you: One of my favorite posts on this blog is a post I wrote for Thanksgiving several years ago. I like the story, and it also...

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