In this lesson, we will be going over some strategies on writing the personal experiences section of your application.
Some Common Mistakes:
- Treating the Activities Section too lightly
- Trying to be too technical
- Not portraying what you have learned
- Use this as an opportunity to convince
- Always show what you have learned
- Relate these experiences back to your overarching theme
- Don’t be afraid to show your nonacademic life
After writing each experience, you must ask yourself these three questions:
- Can a common person understand this, without any technical knowledge of the topic (especially for research)?
- Does it show how I have learned, grown? Or how this experience has impacted me (hopefully for the better).
- Does it fit with my personal message as a whole? (It doesn’t always have to, but if it was discussed within the personal statement, is the message consistent?)
If the experience passes these questions, then you’re good to go!
*A final question that you should think about is how does this particular experience showcase something different about yourself. Within each experience, you should learn something. However if you’re learning the same thing, it provides no value. Therefore, try to showcase something unique as much as possible.
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