文件的重要性就显示出来了。因为它让人看到的不是枯燥的数字，而是一个独立的人（a person rather than as a set
of numbers.）在开始写时，可以问一下问题：What am I proud of? What are the skills
and values of people in that particular profession? 在文章中可以写的方面包括：克服困难、疾病、痛苦Overcoming
or understanding a hardship, disease, injury or loss
What is a Personal Statement and Why Is It Important?
Graduate and professional schools make their decisions to admit applicants
based on test scores, undergraduate academic performance, co-curricular
activities, recommendation letters, an interview, and a written essay.
Many schools will also ask for a personal statement. The personal statement
gives you the chance to write about yourself.
You are competing with hundreds of other applicants who have
similar test scores and grades. The personal statement can be the factor
that differentiates you from the other candidates. It gives the admissions
committee a chance to get a glimpse of you as a person rather than as
a set of numbers.
The Challenge of Writing a Personal Statement
A personal statement is a very different kind of writing than the analytical
writing required in many of your college courses. Your personality needs
to emerge from the writing. Admissions Officers will evaluate your ability
to communicate clearly and concisely. Your personal statement should be
grammatically correct and error-free.
As You Begin to Write Your Personal Statement, Think about
your life and why you are applying to graduate or professional schools.
Ask yourself, "What do I want the admissions committee to know about
me that is not already in my application?" To get started, you might
want to ask yourself the following questions:
What is important to me?
What am I interested in?
What am I proud of?
What significant experiences have I had?
What kinds of qualities are necessary for the profession I wish to pursue?
Why do I think I posses these qualities?
After you have thought about your life and goals, think about the profession
you are intending to enter. What are the skills and values of people in
that particular profession? How do they match with yours? How can you
highlight those values and skills in your personal statement?
Writing Your Personal Statement
Start early, plan on writing and revising several drafts. Schedule specific
times for this important and time-consuming task. Understand the questions
thoroughly. Brainstorm your achievements, career goals, leadership, and
personal interests. Narrow your emphasis to one specific theme or point.
Begin your essay with this theme and the following paragraphs should logically
develop and illustrate it. Work towards a rough draft. Then revise it.
Have others read it. Continue to revise the draft until you have a clear,
concise, error-free essay.
Interesting and Distinctive Topics
Significant travel, work or volunteer experience
Loss of a family member or friend
Personal triumph, achievement or revelation
Overcoming or understanding a hardship, disease, injury or loss
Significant personal influence in your life
Significant piece of learning, text, reading or painting
It should be clear why you want to enter the field, but avoid writing
about why you want to be a doctor, lawyer, and so on, unless specifically
asked. In addition, do not waste space telling the admissions committee
what the profession is like. Similarly, do not write your life story or
concentrate on a high school or earlier experience. Avoid using your statement
to provide a laundry list of your accomplishments; this should be found
elsewhere in your application. In addition to the content of your personal
statement, presentation is also important. Follow writing guidelines and
use a font size that is easy to read!