Personal Statement

Professional applications require a personal statement by each applicant explaining what the applicant's motivations for pursuing a career in this profession are and why the applicant is a highly qualified candidate. This statement should be written with perfect grammar and spelling and it should be extremely clearly worded.

Students need to impress an admission committee with the personal qualities that motivate their choice of their career and the abilities that will ensure their success. Students should use examples from their own experience that demonstrate their leadership, academic excellence, ethics, maturity, and other desirable personal qualities.

This statement is a known requirement and the time required to write it can be extensive. It is important to remember that you cannot readily see the errors in your own writing. It is a good idea to write your personal state by sometime in the fall semester prior to application. Plan to finish your statement by Mar. 1.

If your personal statement is finished prior to Mar 1 we will read it and offer some constructive and critical comments. Although we will point out grammatical errors we do not attempt to perfect your grammar, this is your responsibility. We will make comments about the effectiveness of the essay, clarity of language and tone of the essay.

For help proofreading and editing your essay you may visit the FIU Center for Excellence in Writing (305-348-6634) located in GL 125.

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