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PERSONAL STATEMENT WORKSHEET

Getting Started

Answering these questions will help you solidify your reasons for applying to a program and will give you a strong start in writing your personal statement.

  1. Why do you want to enter this field? (Think about specific experiences that may have influenced your decision.)
  2. When did you first become interested in this subject? (Again, think about specific experiences.)
  3. Why should X school admit you? What sets you apart from hundreds of other applicants?
  4. Why have you chosen X school?
  5. What will you bring to the school? Be specific.
  6. What do you plan to do with the education you will receive?