* 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?
Avoid common mistakes that will get your application put in the reject pile. Read on for 10 simple ways you can mess up your personal statement: _ 1. Say thank you _ Your parents and elementary school teachers taught you to be polite in writing, and you know it's a good rule to follow. But don't waste words thanking the committee for reading your application. It's not the same situation as applying for a job, because you're paying the school to review your application so that, hopefully, you can pay them to educate and train you. Starting or ending your statement with phrases like 'Thank you for reviewing this application' or 'I appreciate your consideration' can make you come across as immature, obsequious, or ignorant of academic culture.