Here’s a personal statement checklist to help you keep track of the ‘big picture’ issues.

An effective personal statement should answer these questions:

Who are you?
Why do you want to study this subject (law, medicine, engineering, English literature, etc.)?
Why do you want to study at this school and/or in this program?
What would you do after getting your degree?
What academic and/or professional skills would you bring to your studies?
What personal skills would you bring to your studies?
What’s special about you? What strengths set you apart from other applicants?
How is your previous educational, research, and work experience relevant to what you want to do now?
Are there any weaknesses in your application that need to be explained (so-so grades or test scores, lack of experience, etc.)?

Good luck! It can be a daunting task to write about yourself, but it can be done — and has been done by countless applicants who have preceded you. Don’t let a personal statement stop you from achieving your dreams!

Click on any of the links below for more information and help with your personal statements:
Law School Personal Statements

Graduate School Personal Statements

General Tips on Writing Personal Statements

Medical School Personal Statements