Question: What is the purpose of the graduate admissions essay or personal statement?
Answer: Admissions committees deal with countless stacks of applications: faceless GRE scores and GPAs. How do they differentiate among applicants with similar scores and academic backgrounds? The personal statement. Your personal statement reveals a great deal about your abiity:
- to write
- to determine the purpose of the essay
- to stick to the task at hand
- sell yourself and explain why you're a good match to the program