Keepit positive. Do not writenegatively aboutor or ! If you need toexplain a dip in grades, do so briefly and objectively; do not belabourwhatever trauma/situation caused the problem. Also, do notwritethings like "I went into Physics because I don't have great peopleskills, so I thought working with computers would be a more logicalchoice" or "I wanted to go into physics because calculations alwaysmake sense and going into English would make me unemployable." Suchstatements reveal how little the applicant understands about ! Justthink of it this way: grad school is a more level playing field. So, ifeveryone is smart, everyone did well in school, most everyone will haveasolid graduate career, and everyone is ultimately competing for thesame positions, how does any organization decide who they are going tohire? By your ,those intangible people skills.
In addition to the quantitative data (tests scores and academic transcripts) and other materials that you will be asked to submit to a school's admissions committee, a piece of writing -- variously called a "statement of purpose," "personal essay," or "statement of background and
goals" -- will probably be required as well.
: Who should write the letters? First, check the criteriaprovided by the school. If none is given (not very common forprofessional degrees), then you should focus on (in descending order ofimpact)
Aug 21 - Classes Begin for Fall and 1st 8-week session
Aug 22 - Final date to add a class for the 1st 8-week session
Aug 28 - Deadline to apply for December Commencement during late application period
Sept 1 -Deadline to apply for Ph.D in Pharmacy for Spring 2018
Sept 15- Final date for removing "i" grades
Sept 25 - Deadline for dropping courses or resigning from the university for the 1st 8-week session
Sept 25 -Deadline to apply to M.S. in Speech Language Pathology for Spring 2018
Oct 6 - Final date for filing field study, thesis, or dissertation with the Graduate Advisory Committee
Oct 15 -Deadline to apply to Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction for Spring 2018
Oct 16- Classes Begin for 2nd 8-week session
Oct 17 -Final date to add a 2nd 8-week class
Oct 25 - Comprehensive Exam results due to the Graduate School for thesis students (Fall 2017 graduates)
Oct 25 -Final Date for dropping or resigning from the University for Fall full term
Oct 26 - Final date for filing field study, thesis, or dissertation with Graduate School
Nov 13 -Registration opens for Spring 2018 classes
Nov 15 -Deadline to apply M.S. in Counseling for Spring 2018
Nov 15 -Deadline to apply for May graduation during the regular application period
Nov 20 -Deadline for dropping courses or resigning from the university for the 2nd 8-week session
Dec 1 -Comprehensive Exam results due to the Graduate School for non-thesis students (Fall 2017 graduates)
Dec 9- Commencement 10:00 a.m.
Because graduate schools make important selection decisions that are partly based on what you say in this essay, the writing of it can be an intimidating prospect.
Let's clarify from the very beginning that we are NOT talkingabout experimental writing styles here. You are not going to write intheatrical dialogue or trochaic feet or an AABB rhyme scheme or haikuor in cartoon bubbles. The personal statement is an essay, not a pieceof performance art.
This ought to easy, but applicants often miss this one. Ifever there were a time when you wanted to impress an audience with howwell you can read and understand directions, this is the time. So, readquestions carefully and answer what they ask for; you may needto write differently for each school. Stick to word/pagelimits!! Some schools have brief, veryfocused personal statement questions, some have vague questions with nopage limit guidelines, and still others favor a series of essays ratherthan a single statement. Whichever the case, the key to keeping calm isselecting potential schools early and getting together all theadmissions material you need. Since it costs nothing to get thematerials, go ahead and gather any school which legitimately peaks yourinterest. Then, at your leisure:
"BestPractices" is a new fancy term for usingtechniques with a provenhistory of working well (sort of like "evidence based", but without theresearch requirement attached). There are a couple of thempertaining topersonal statement writing that are missed surprisinglyoften. Here are a few of the biggies that will help.
: After the recommender agrees, then you should provide a copyof yourmost current resume, a personal statement (if applicable), copies ofclass work (if applicable), any forms required by the school (with yourportions already filled out), an envelope (stamped and addressed ifmailed directly to institution), and a due date for completion (MINIMUMof four weeks for a single letter -- if many schools, then minimum 6weeks). Askthe recommender if they'd like a copy of your transcripts. If not, thensave the money!
Whether you're applying to college or graduate school, business school or law school, you've got a story to tell that can't be mapped out fully on a simple application.
Additionally, if you happen to know anyone -- a friend, family member, colleague, or teacher -- who has graduated from a school that you are considering, ask her or him for information as well.
Before you begin to write, study very carefully the essay directions on the application materials sent to you by the school and by the specific department to which you are applying.
As an undergraduate research assistant, I studied the principles of wavelet transforms, one of the most recent signal processing techniques, and I developed software models using Matlab to simulate the transform process.