GREady: Get Ready for Graduate School

Do you want to attend graduate school? If the answer is yes, shift the gear in drive. This blog will help you 1) stay informed about graduate programs, 2) decide on graduate schools, 3) apply for graduate schools (including the GRE and personal statements), 4) prepare for interviews, 5) find funding and lots more. Although this site cannot guarantee a masters or doctoral position, it does promise that you will be a very competitive candidate for your desired program!

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Writing the Personal Statement--Part 2

Now that you have a rough idea of where your personal statement is going, it is a good idea to read other personal statements. Although personal statement books are usually limited to law school, business school and medical school, you can find some good examples at local bookstores, libraries and online stores. Here are a few to get you started:

How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Paperback)
by Richard J. Stelzer - I actually used this as my first source. Stelzer goes over what you should expect each personal statement to have and how to utilize your time to be most
effective. Lots of examples in different fields.

Peterson's Perfect Personal Statements: Law-Business-Medical-Graduate School (Peterson's Perfect Personal Statements) (Paperback)

by Mark Alan Stewart - This book is good for showing you examples of what not to
write in your personal statement. Learn from other people's mistakes.

Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice (Graduate Admissions Essays) (Paperback)

by Donald Asher
This book is the mother load. Great examples of what to write and not write. Also great for the planning stages of the personal statement. A must have for anyone thinking of applying to graduate school.

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