The basic purpose of a personal statement is to write an "essay" that represents your goals, experiences, motivations and qualifications in a positive manner as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities. This is your first introduction to the program admissions committee, so it is important that you take the time to create a quality piece of work. Remember, this is your chance to show them that you are a good match for their program.
Asher, D. (2000). Graduate Admissions Essays (Rev. ed.). Toronto: Ten Speed Press.
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Personal Statement Outline
Evaluating Your Personal Statement