Before sitting down to write, students should spend a good amount of time thinking about their strengths and what they want to convey to admissions committees.
Combined with my academic training, my interest in and knowledge of the outdoors and specific, ongoing conservation efforts in my community made me eligible for a whole new realm of work. I am getting a degree in journalism so I can become an online journalist.
A prospective engineering student who volunteered abroad might set the scene by writing about how working with members of the local community who had their own innovations based on supplies that were readily available in their area, like flip phone batteries and dismantled mopeds, challenged her exclusively Western understanding of infrastructure and exposed holes in her knowledge.
It may also help students to look at example personal statements and see how these key considerations play out in an actual essay.
And before I returned to the U. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
For example, medical students tend to cite experiencing illnesses, watching family members struggle with their health or wanting to help people as the reason why they want to become a doctor.