Personal Essay On Goals For School

A personal statement, also known as a “statement of purpose” or “goal statement,” is a document that demonstrates your writing ability on a more personal level for your application into a graduate program.

 

A personal statement, also known as a “statement of purpose” “goals statement” or “admissions essay” serves to:

  • Demonstrate your writing ability on a more personal level for your application into a graduate program.
  • Discuss your personal, career, and educational goals or answer a general question posed by the graduate school’s admission committee.
  • Gauge your critical and analytical thinking as well as your writing, editing skills, and general reasoning skills and your ability to reflect on your education and work experience.
  • Provide insight into who you are which helps to determine if you would be a good fit into a specific graduate program.

 


 

Writing a Personal Statement

What are you writing about?

Regardless of the path you take to beginning your personal statement, there are many questions that you will have to inevitably cover.

  • How do you want to answer their questions?
  • What piece of you do you want shown to the admissions committee?
  • What kind of tone do you want your personal statement to take?
  • What kind of theme should I use for the personal statement?

These can be very difficult questions to answer. You can make the brainstorming process smoother by knowing yourself first. Gather your transcripts, resumes, and anything else that shows who you are. These will let you know all your strengths,but more importantly, it will also tell you your weaknesses. You can use your personal statement to address your weaknesses or show them in a better light.

Research the college to which you are applying.

  • Every graduate school program available has a different set of goals, ideals, and most importantly, students which should be understood before you begin to create a personal.
  • Contact students who are in the program you are applying for or have already completed the program will have valuable insight into what they thought was most useful on their personal statement.
  • Considering who you are and where you are applying will allow you to decide whether you want to expand on your professional experience in your field or focus on how you enjoy the particular method of instruction that the department is known for.

Format

  • You have an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph that surround the body paragraphs.
  • The length of your paragraphs and how many body paragraphs you will include will be determined by the guidelines the admissions committee will have for you.
  • Open with something that will catch their attention, and finish with something strong and memorable.

Once you are able to create a draft of your personal statement, you should then take advantage of the Career Development Center services also those of the The Learning Hub. The Career Development Center has trained professional staff available to go over your draft and give advice on how to refine a personal statement into something that best exhibits your skills and achievements.

Some general tips for writing a personal statement:

  1. Be yourself and be genuine in your writing.
  2. Avoid cliche statements and ideals whenever possible.
  3. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
  4. Use your personal experience to reinforce your points, but do not make the personal experience itself the focus.
  5. You can now use “I” and “me” without worry. Just remember that beginning every sentence with “I” would look rather conceited.
  6. If a question is asked, answer it completely with specific details and examples. It is respectful to the admissions committee and shows that you know how to follow directions.
  7. Always write a new unique personal statement for each college you are applying for.

Tools for Writing a Personal Statement


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Reflection on Personal Goal for School Essay

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For this semester, I have set three goals that I will be working towards to make improvements on. The first goal I set is to start an assignment the day that it is assigned so that I do not procrastinate. The second goal I have set for this semester is to be more organized with my materials. The last goal for this semester is to relieve my stress in a positive way. By working on these goals during the next couple of weeks, it will make my life a little less stressful.
The first goal I need to work on is doing assignments ahead of time. I always wait until the last minute to do assignments and then everything gets piled up. When I have a lot of things that I need to do in one day I get very stressed and nothing good comes from this. If I…show more content…

For this semester, I have set three goals that I will be working towards to make improvements on. The first goal I set is to start an assignment the day that it is assigned so that I do not procrastinate. The second goal I have set for this semester is to be more organized with my materials. The last goal for this semester is to relieve my stress in a positive way. By working on these goals during the next couple of weeks, it will make my life a little less stressful.
The first goal I need to work on is doing assignments ahead of time. I always wait until the last minute to do assignments and then everything gets piled up. When I have a lot of things that I need to do in one day I get very stressed and nothing good comes from this. If I were to start an assignment the day it is assigned I would be ahead of schedule and not have multiple assignments due at once. If I start doing assignments when they are assigned it will help me with time management and figuring out when I can do my assignments. This will help me in my future because I cannot wait until the last minute to write a lesson plan, I need to plan and do lesson plans ahead of time. By working on not procrastinating now, I am helping myself prepare for the future when I have to plan lessons a couple weeks in advance. I plan on starting the assignment the day it is due and then finishing it at least two days before so that way it will be done a day ahead of time and I will not be stressing out the night before trying

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