* 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?
Revising and proofreading _ Upon examining your essay and discovering a few unwanted elements or grammatical mistakes, it is now time to start revising it. First, search for grammatical mistakes and spelling errors. The prompts in most MS Windows programs help you identify these (green squiggles for grammatical mistakes and red squiggles for spelling errors). As long as they do not appear under proper names, it is safe to modify them. However, do not rely exclusively on your computer for spell checks. Go over each word on your own.