F. Polishing your essay _ After going through the steps above, you now have in your hands a working draft of your essay. Definitely, however, it is not yet in its best form. At this point, some sections may sound illogical or incongruous with the rest. The entire essay may not be as coherent as you wish it to be, or it may be plagued by too many paragraphs containing three or four sentences. Do not be disheartened, for this is the time that you enter the next phase and begin polishing your essay.
When you applied as an undergraduate, your personal statement probably didn't make much of a difference, because undergraduate admissions are heavily based on numbers (GPAs, test scores, etc). Graduate and professional school admissions are different! Your competitors will have grades and test scores similar to yours, because most people who have the motivation to pursue an advanced degree did well as undergraduate students. As the number of applicants rises and academic budgets are cut, every year there's more competition for fewer admissions openings. How does the committee determine that you have what it takes to succeed in advanced studies? You guessed it. Your personal statement will play a determining role in whether or not your application is successful. So you know you need to write the strongest, most persuasive personal statement you can. But here are two facts you may not know. First, most reviewers will spend only a couple minutes skimming your personal statement. Second, because their job is to weed out the majority of applications, reviewers are looking for reasons not to recommend you for admission.