Perfecting_Your_Personal_Statement

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Perfecting Your Personal Statement
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The What and the Why of Grant Aid and Scholarships What is the difference between merit based and need based scholarships? Why should you apply for grant aid and scholarships?
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What to Include A focused anecdote (story) that relates to the main point of your personal statement—Example: Describe what/who motivates you. A strong connection between your anecdote and the focus of your personal statement—Example: Relate your anecdote to your academic goals Self-confidence without overconfidence A distinct structure —include a beginning, middle, and end Academic objectives—Remember to say why they are your goals Career goals
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What To Avoid Telling every important story in your life Baring your soul on paper Telling an anecdote that doesn’t relate to the rest of your personal statement Writing more than 2 pages Arrogance Clichés Exaggeration Too much biographical information—Avoid sentences like “Hi, my name is …and I was born in…” Using the same statement for all applications
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Introduction—Past inspiration for your
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