The primary purpose of the personal statement is to look beyond the data that is GPA, SAT/ACT and AP exams. The essay helps the student clarity their thoughts and goals, and assists the college learn about the student’s interests, personality and future potential. Recall that the admissions process is holistic, a review of the whole person, not just their “stats.” Colleges want more than just students to pay tuition and fill classrooms. They want to know if you share their values and their culture. They need to know the quality of your decisions, your character and whether you will contribute to the class, the campus and the institution? Or will you be a distraction, a non-asset or a liability?
In this blog, you will learn the purpose of the personal statement, its components, as well as the essence of presenting your personal story in your own voice, articulately and compellingly, yet without being arrogant or getting lost.
Please keep in mind that your personal statement gets you noticed by making it, yes, personal. It needs a central theme and several arguments that defend your claim. Finally, the essay must address the college’s priorities and concerns.
Content Reference: Harvard Career Service Center, Stacy Blackman Consulting, Princeton Career Services
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