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Personal Statements

Personal statements are short essays written as part of an application for graduate school, law school, medical school, or an internship. Some applications provide specific questions to answer; others leave the topic open.

PowerPoint tutorial on writing personal statements (JMU Handout)

Overview of personal statements for graduate school

"How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose"

Types and purposes of personal statements; dos and don'ts

Drafting, formatting, and a sample statement