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Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose: What’s the Difference?

Topic: Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Postgrad, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 16th, 2024  |  Written by CEA HQ

So you’ve decided to apply for grad school—hooray! Now comes the fun part: more standardized testing, accumulating transcripts, and drafting essay after essay. As you go through your schools’ requirements, you may see requests for “personal statements” or “statements of purpose.” They’re the same thing, right? Not quite.  As the names suggest, the personal statement […]

How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Grad School

Topic: Admissions, advice, Postgrad  |  Posted on August 29th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

While undergraduate institutions like to distinguish themselves with quirky essay questions, grad programs don’t have time for such adolescent antics. They want a straightforward narrative that shows that you are prepared for the work, committed to the field, and clear on how an advanced degree will contribute to your career. While this type of personal […]