‘Tis the season for writing and submitting undergraduate and graduate school applications. If you’re applying to schools, you likely have to write a personal statement. You may even need to compose one if you’re writing a fellowship or grant application. For this statement, you are usually asked to explain why you are applying for the particular program, but other than that, the instructions do not offer much guidance.
Most of the time you are limited to one page, which is not much space to discuss your background and why you are applying to the particular school or program. To make matters more complicated, you need to make it interesting and distinct enough to stand out from the competition. That’s a lot to fit in one page. Here are some tips for writing a quality statement: