7. Say something potentially offensiv _ Again, not much explanation needed on this one. You do not know anything about the people who are reading your personal statement. Assume they are very sensitive on all issues and write accordingly. Do not assume they agree with any of your political, social, or religious views.
* Who will be reading the personal statement? _ How can the essay be more compelling to the readers? _ Why are you applying to this program? _ Why are you applying to this institution? _ How will attending this graduate school help you grow as an individual and prepare you for your career goals? _ What do you have to offer the graduate program? Why should a faculty member take you under his supervision?