Writing an Amazing Statement (Tips from Someone who Survived)

I don’t know about you, but lately life has felt as if someone pushed the “forward” button and all of a sudden we’re in the month of October. And if you’re applying to grad school, you might be at the point when you are beginning to panic a little. Applications are due in 2-3 months from know and you might be asking, “How the heck am I supposed to write an amazing statement in so little time?” Not to worry, below are some advice I learned while writing my statements.

Help from the Experts
Make a list of the people you know that have gotten into grad school and reach out to them. Ask them if you could have a copy of their statements. You will actually be surprised how people are actually willing to help.

Once you have various statements, analyze their structure. Take note of how students begin their paper, where they mention their research, how they identify mentors, and how they conclude.

As ye writes, ye will re-write
The first step in writing an amazing statement is to simply take the plunge! Do not worry if you’re draft is not perfect the first time. You will be re-writing your statements about six times, so whatever you write in the beginning will change.

Edit
Once you have finished your first draft, find individuals that will help you edit it. This outside perspective is crucial in order to perfect your statement.

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE
Writing an amazing statement is an “art” that takes time. Do not wait until December to begin writing. Start today.

*If some of you would like a basic outlines of a statement, please see below. NOTE: This is an outline that I developed while analyzing other statements. Please be sure to read statements that are related to your field of interest.

Outline
I. Intro: This should be a catchy, short paragraph. You can talk about an experience that explains why you are interested in your field of study.

II. Past Experiences: What past experiences have you had which enriched your understanding of the topic in mind. (Here you can bring up study abroad, internships, work, volunteer, etc.)

III. Past Research: Talk about your past research. What did you study? What did you discover?

IV. Academically Prepared: Demonstrate that you have the skills and discipline to succeed in grad school.

V. The Fit: Why is this specific university a good fit for you? (Are there certain professors you’re interested in working with? Are there any specific resources within this university that will help you excel in your research?)

VI. Future Goals: Upon earning this degree, what are your goals and how will this degree help you reach those goals?

Good Luck!