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Gkt Essay Practice Of Personal Statement

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"The intent of the essay test component is to demonstrate your ability, in the time allotted, to compose and write an original essay that completely addresses the topic in an effective, well-organized manner, with good grammar and spelling."

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Determine the
of writing to task and audience.
Provide a section that effectively
the topic.
Formulate a relevant
or claim.
ideas and
Provide adequate, relevant
by citing ample textual
; response may also include
anecdotal experience
for added support.
Use of a variety of

effectively throughout and within a written text.
Demonstrate proficient use of college-level,
standard written English
(e.g., varied word choice, syntax, language conventions, and semantics).
Provide a
concluding statement
that follows from, or supports, the argument or information presented.
Use a
variety of sentence patterns
point of view.
Apply the conventions of
Standard English
(e.g., avoid inappropriate use of slang, jargon, and clichés).

Your essay will be scored both on substance and on the composition skills demonstrated, including the following elements: ideas, focus, organization, style (diction and sentence structure), and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and usage).
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The personal views you express will not be an issue; however, the skill with which you express those views, the logic of your arguments, and the degree to which you support your position will be very important in the scoring.
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The 3 essay is
The main idea is stated and may be developed with
Organization may be
Focus is
somewhat maintained
Vocabulary and sentence structure may be
variety of errors
in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics sometimes
interferes with communication

The 4 essay is
The main idea is stated and adequately
with some
specific details
Organization is adequately
Focus is

Vocabulary and sentence structure are somewhat
Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics may be present, but
do not interfere with communication

The Subject
Figure out
Online schooling
has expanded to include even the primary and secondary level while some still believe that it cannot provide everything that traditional instruction can.
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of online schooling.
Your Purpose
Online schooling has expanded to include even the primary and secondary level, while some still believe that it cannot provide everything that traditional instruction can.
of online schooling.
Have any tips or tricks?
General statement about the topic
1. Write an Introductory Paragraph
The internet has changed everything about the world we live in today, even education. Assuming that some or all of our children’s education will take place online, it’s important to consider the pros and cons.
For Example
2. Organize your Ideas
An essay needs at least
legs to stand on.
Pros (1) and cons (2)

Total Paragaphs (comparing positives and negatives)
How online education might be used in an elementary school (1), a middle school (2) and a high school (3)

Total Paragraphs (paragraphs organized by school levels)
The number of body paragraphs you have will depend on the number of supporting claims you plan to make.
For Example
Make sure the concepts or ideas you choose to compare are
3. Write the Body Paragraphs
Begin with a statement that expresses one of your supporting claims.
Be specific.
Use varied ways of talking about an idea.
Avoid repeating key words over and over again.

Online Learning
For Example:

Online Education has many important advantages.
Use Anecdotes
Having my classroom available 24/7 was definitely a plus for me when I took online courses at Daytona State College. During the Fall 2014 Semester, my oldest son Jack had to have his tonsils removed, but because I was taking online classes, I was able to take care of him and get my course work done. I only wish Jack's middle school classes were online. Then he might not have gotten so behind.
End your paragraphs with a concluding statement.
Online education can be beneficial for all types of learners.
4. Write a Concluding Paragraph
Don’t just repeat your thesis.
Reiterate a main point.

For Example:
Online education is cost effective and flexible.

Consider future implications.

For Example:
Just like the internet itself, online education is here to stay. I look forward to being part of the conversation wherever my classroom ends up being.
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And Organizational Strategy
Online education has many important advantages. For one thing, it allows for flexibility. Because the learning environment is available 24/7, students can access their course material when it's convenient for them. This was definitely a plus for me when I took online courses at Daytona State College. During the Fall 2014 semester, my oldest son Jack had to have his tonsils removed, but because I was taking online classes, I was able to take care of him and get my course work done. I only wish Jack's middle school classes were online. Then he might not have gotten so behind. In addition to being flexible, online courses are a great way to get students more accustomed to new technology, including multi-modal learning. The technology available in online courses can also be adapted for students with different learning styles as well as students with disabilities. Videos can be easily close captioned using inexpensive software while other programs read content aloud for students. Online education can be beneficial for all types of learners.
Example Body Paragraph
Main Idea
Support for your Claims
Learning Styles
Support for your Claims
Concluding a Paragraph
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Your claim about the topic (your thesis)
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You’ve probably come across a term personal statement while you were reading the list of requirements your college application has to meet in order to be taken into consideration. What’s more, personal statement as well as the statement of purpose is the essential part of your application.

While it’s understandable that you want to get everything done as soon as possible, you should still take some time and focus on each step of the process to avoid common pitfalls. When you know what to include and how to write the application essay it gets easier to complete it.

Personal Statement Definition

Due to the fact that personal statement is not like other documents you need for college admission, it’s easy to struggle with understanding its primary objective. That’s why it’s necessary to define the term first. Statement of purpose, or personal statement, is a paper or document wherein a student is meant to give concrete evidence of his/her promise as a member of the academic community and depict an image of their personality to the committee.

The personal statement goes by many names including application essay, admission essay, personal essay, reflective essay, and narrative essay. Regardless of the term provided in the application materials, your goal is to represent your full potential, describe hopes, goals, and talents that make you a perfect fit for that college. When writing the statement of purpose, it is necessary to demonstrate how your values, non-traditional educational background, and other factors have influenced the academic career.

There is no one size fits all rule for personal statements. Every student can use their own unique approach to show what makes them ideal for some particular institution.

Types of College Statements

In writing, there is no such thing as one, generic form of anything and personal statement isn’t the exception. We can divide these statements into two forms:

  • The general or comprehensive personal statement – gives a student the maximum freedom regarding the things they want to write. Also referred to as the open topic essay, this type of a statement only has formatting rules you have to follow, everything else is up to you. You just have to create a perfect way to represent yourself and start writing;
  • The response to a specific question – unlike the above-mentioned type of a statement of purpose, this form requires students to answer adequately to a certain question in order to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, skills, and plans for the future We can also divide personal statements based on the programs, undergraduate and college graduate.

College Personal Statement

College graduate personal statements usually involve questions a student has to answer throughout the essay. This type of admission essay is considered more demanding and advanced. The reason why you’re more likely to write the response to a specific question is simple – the graduate applicant is expected to have a certain level of independent thinking.

By the time they graduate, students develop critical thinking skills and they get more experience in life. As a result, you also have a clear idea of what you want to study further and how a certain program can help you achieve that goal.

Bearing in mind that most graduate programs include some form of financial aid wherein a student has to return for research work or teaching, the applicant has to demonstrate he/she is capable of that work. This explains why a vast majority of personal statements for graduate students focus on applicants’ academic and professional interests rather than vague subjects.

Undergraduate Personal Statement

Application essays for undergraduate students usually fall into the category of general or comprehensive statements. You have the liberty to write a statement that shows your motivation, inspiration, and other factors that make you an ideal candidate.

Why do undergraduate students write open topic essays instead of a response to a certain question? At this point, a student is eager to learn, start a new chapter in life, and finally step into the adulthood. That being said, the applicant doesn’t really have any idea of what will come after college.

For students who want to enroll in the underground program, the focus is on demonstrating how he/she has explored interests and world around them. They talk about their passions and desires while demonstrating how they relate to other people, forms opinions, and show a glimpse of their personality.

Writing a Personal Statement

Thousands of thoughts go through our mind on a daily basis, but when we’re supposed to sit down and start writing it’s difficult to think of something usable. The problem becomes even worse when the text you have to write can make or break your chances of getting your application accepted. No need to despair! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can create your personal statement easier than you thought.

Guidelines for Writing Personal Statement

The personal statement isn’t something you should do just to “get it over with”, this type of essay requires a lot of thinking and analyzing. You have to evaluate your own hopes, dreams, passion, motivation, academic success, or even high school education (if you’re just about to enroll into the college) and many other things before you determine what and how to write.

To make this process easier for you, follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Take a few moments to think of information you want to include (or how to answer a specific question);
  • Create a draft without focusing on word count and character length, just write whatever comes to your mind;
  • Don’t rush, take your time. You don’t have to complete your personal statement in an hour or a day; 
  • Consider a dictionary your best friend, it will help you avoid overusing some words. Plus, your personal statement should also demonstrate vocabulary skills; 
  • Focus on your strengths, but mention specific examples rather than making it look like you’re bragging;
  • Don’t compare your personal statement to someone else’s. Two people have different experiences and views of the world around them;
  • Read it out loud to see whether it seems right.

Structure and Format of Personal Statement

The secret to a high-quality personal statement is in the format. Let’s take a look at the outline you should follow:

Short Introduction

At the very beginning of the admission essay, start by briefly introducing yourself, interests and motivations. This is a short paragraph that acts like a hook, it catches a reader’s attention and makes them interested in you and your personality.

Academic interests and achievements

Regardless of whether you’re undergraduate or graduate student, there’s always something you can write about your education so far. Don’t exaggerate anything, focus on facts and show your interests, achievements, or plans you have for your academic life.

Graduate students can also include a description of specific classes they’ve taken and professors they’ve had.

Background Experiences

If your task is to write an open topic essay, then it’s useful to dedicate a paragraph to background experiences which aren’t directly related to academic life but have made a major influence on your life and education in general.

This isn’t about hobbies and other stuff. Instead, you should focus on extracurricular activities associated with your field. For example, you can list projects where you participated, volunteer work, and other activities you joined outside the school, but greatly contribute to your choice of the study program, college, etc.

Publications or other Professional Accomplishments

In this paragraph, students can briefly mention publications where their works were published. This is primarily reserved for graduate students who have already participated in some academic researches.

Why You’ve Chosen the Specific College/Program

It’s always useful to describe why you’ve chosen the specific college or program and if you haven’t done it somewhere above, now is a good time to add this info.


Conclude your personal statement with a strong paragraph where you’ll summarize your greatest strengths that make you a perfect person for the specific program.

How to write a good Personal Statement

You know the basic guidelines and format for your statement of purpose, but to write a great essay, you should also follow these tips:

  • Write in an enthusiastic, concise, and natural style; 
  • Try not to overdo it with humor, your admission officer may not have the same sense of humor so it won’t accomplish anything; 
  • Think about the message you want to convey and work your way to it; 
  • Avoid general commentary; 
  • Use examples; 
  • Be careful with controversial comments and expression, try to avoid them; 
  • After you’ve written the first draft, start editing and proofreading to ensure your personal statement meets required word count.

What to include in a Personal Statement

To impress the committee, your personal statement should:

  • Explain why you want to study the course; 
  • Provide evidence to demonstrate that not only you meet all the criteria, but also that you took the time to research the course or profession; 
  • Outline how you’ve pursued the interest in a chosen subject beyond the current syllabus; 
  • Depict why you chose that particular college for your academic education; 
  • Reflect on your experiences and explain what you’ve learned from them and how they helped you develop interest in a certain subject; 
  • Demonstrate transferable skills; 
  • Show that you are a critical thinker; 
  • Mention the long-term goals. 

Now that you know what to include in your personal statement, here are some things you should leave out of it:

  • Don’t copy and paste your old personal statement; 
  • Too personal and irrelevant information; 
  • Over-used clichés; 
  • Random lists; 
  • Unproven claims; 
  • Vague expressions; 
  • Exaggeration; 
  • Negative comments or excuses.

Personal Statement Examples

It’s all about practice and proper topic selection (if you have the liberty to do so). The more you write this type of essay, the easier it will be to create it for your college admission. Below, you can see examples of personal statement essays for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Personal Statement for College Examples

  • What are the reasons you wish to pursue the graduate program and how does it relate to your career goals?
  • What are your qualifications for admission?
  • How do you see your career in five years from now?
  • What are the experiences in your academic life that shaped your interests in the graduate program?
  • What are the greatest challenges your profession faces right now and how will this graduate program help you overcome them?

Example #1

In movies, a teenage girl carrying around a journal is cliché or means that she has something to hide. In my life having a journal means so much more. Writing an entry puts my bottled emotions into words.

There was this one specific day in school, I was having a rollercoaster of emotions. My boredom slowly turned into anger that’s when I pulled out my journal. During that one sitting, I wrote six poems. I looked back at my writing and I was proud of myself, proud that I turn my negative emotions into something creative and positive. From that day on I always carried around that journal from essays to poems, even if I didn’t write in it knowing that I could anytime I needed gave me a sense of security. It seems to give me power over my emotions. However ever since I started carrying my journal I noticed in school whenever I would take it out people would stare trying to catch a glimpse of my words. Before I used to conceal and hide my pedophile that I wrote in my journal, but now I handed them my book I haven’t told them to write a page. I was not only becoming more creative in my writing but I was the coming more confident. I can say I’ve changed my mindset thinking if having a journal impact of me like this it could help someone else. I saw people face light up when I handed them my book to write in they felt special. Soon my journal became a gallery of peoples emotions.

People trusted me with their thoughts and they express them through drawings, poems, songs, or even essays. So many people were inspired by my journal they started journaling. It showed me how journaling is almost therapeutic. I was happier and what use to be writing only sometimes became and the everyday thing even my vocabulary was growing. Having this hardcover book with me made me feel like I could be anything and everything I wanted I was able to put out my thoughts and understand them and it felt so good.

Journaling impacted my life so much I’m thinking of majoring in Media and Communications hearing people’s thoughts including my own and putting them out for the world to hear them. The world is just a big diary ready to be made a mark on. Writing eventually turns into saying how you feel and I want to be that journal to people. I want to understand people’s emotions and share them.

And that’s why I’m so into journaling just knowing whenever my feelings feel like they’re getting to be too much documenting them and expressing them not only internally but on paper. I never knew one simple experience can change how I feel about my future. I believe in it because I think it works and it keeps me sane. Journaling may be cliché but the things within those pages are far from that.

Undergraduate Personal Statement Examples

  • Discuss accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked personal growth and a new understanding of yourself and others. 
  • Recount a time when you faced a challenge or setback.
  • How did it affect you and what did you learn from it?
  • Describe a problem you solved or an issue you would like to solve. 
  • A person who inspires you. 
  • What do you want to accomplish in life?

Sample Personal Statement

We live in the 21st century, in the era of the internet and media. It is safe to say that media is the most powerful entity on the planet. Education is vital for every individual as it shapes our views of the world and prepares us for a career that comes after. I wish to combine media and education in order to fulfill my ambition to become a journalist. Although media is a force to be reckoned with, we witness the rise of low-quality journalists who focus on clickbait posts and reports. I want to use the platform to raise awareness of important issues and give my contribution to society.

Experience is everything, and despite the fact I am not a person who spent years working as a journalist, my education has given me a solid foundation where I can build my career. Throughout my high school education, I have worked as an editor of school papers and website. Not only did I report current events, but I also strived to address common concerns of my fellow students, spark debates which contributed to major changes that improved the learning experience and atmosphere among students.

Thanks to my strong work ethic, reaching any deadline is not a problem and my curiosity motivates me to learn more. Reasons I want to enroll in this program are numerous. Based on my research, it was easy to conclude this is the program that will help me become the journalist I really want to be. The program will help me improve writing skills, master the art of journalism, and grow on a personal and professional level.

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