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Personal Statement Workshop

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus

Our Personal Statements workshops focus on the Personal Statement (or Statement of Purpose) as a genre of writing. Graduate schools, fellowships, grants, and other competitive programs often require each applicant to submit a short essay about her history and goals. These essays are sometimes written in response to very specific questions; sometimes, they’re written in response to a generic prompt. In both cases, a good personal statement carefully balances its author’s history and aspirations.

These 30 minute sessions introduce students to basic conventions of most statements. We will compare and contrast the introductions to several successful essays, and students will write a draft of a new ‘hook’ to their own personal statement in-session. Students at any point in the writing process are invited to attend. However, this session is not appropriate for students drafting statements of purpose, for PhD programs. Undergraduates, graduate students, and non-native English speakers are all welcome. Please go to:


Writing Center (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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