Components Of A Good Personal Essay

Most of the other components of your application are numbers (test scores, GPA, etc.) or out of your control (letters of recommendation).

Your admissions essay is your one chance to set yourself apart from all the other applicants with the same grades and the same test scores.

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When readers have gone through the introduction, it is supposed that they have full information about what they are going to read.

It is important in developing your personal statement to carefully consider this audience.

However, if the essay is research-based, there will be supporting details such as statistics, quotes, charts, and explanations. It is also the crucial part that sums up the argument, or concludes the description, narration, or event. The first part is a rephrasing of the thesis statement given at the end of the introduction. The second part is the summary of the major points discussed in the body paragraphs, and the third part is closing remarks, which are suggestions, recommendations, a call to action, or the author’s own opinion of the issue. An introduction not only introduces the topic, but also gives background information, in addition to hooking the readers to read the whole essay.

Its first sentence, which is also called a hook, literally hooks readers.

Obviously, it is important that personal statements are not simply prose formulations of material contained elsewhere in the application.

It may be helpful to think of the statement as the single opportunity in your package to allow the admissions committee to hear your voice.

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