Are you thinking about applying to graduate school? If so, an important part of your application will be your personal statement, which expresses your professional aspirations and relevant experience. Done well, the personal statement helps to set you apart from other candidates with similar training.
The personal statement is NOT a chronological retelling of your past and it is NOT a musician’s bio. Somewhat like a cover letter or personal essay, the personal statement is an organized and compelling document highlighting the experiences and ambitions that lead you to desire a more advanced degree.
Before you prepare, here are 3 important steps:
- Think and identify why you are continuing your education.
- Find the specific prompt for your school – each school will ask for a slightly different focus and length.
- Read the following tip sheet for a helpful guide to get you ready:
Personal Statement Tip Sheet