Graduate Admissions Essay

When I wrote my essay, I remember thinking to myself… “I wish I could just read somebody else’s. Not to copy, but just to get a CLUE of where to start!”. So… here is the next best thing! Below is a list of topics I talked about in my essay, in order! This is obviously very personalized to me, and my life, but will hopefully help in deciding how and where to start!

1) Intro: I began with a personal story about my brother, what originally sparked my interest in speech-language pathology.

2) Paragraph 2: My work experience during my undergrad, and how my focus in Autism led me to want to continue my education at XYZ University

3) Paragraph 3: My background working in multidisciplinary teams, how they are important, and how I contributed to student organizations other than ones related to speech

4) Paragraph 4: The characteristics that will help me succeed in grad school. I talked about working nearly full-time during my undergrad, volunteering, etc…

5) Conclusion: Why I want to continue my education and why I picked that school. I gave information about that particular school and related it to my personal experiences outlined earlier.

Throughout my whole essay, I intertwined Autism and its importance throughout my life. I picked schools that had a focus in Autism so that I could make a fair case for why I wanted to go to each school.

I hope that helps! The most important thing is to proofread, proofread, proofread!

Lovely comments so far...

  1. Katherine says:

    Your blog is AMAZING! I’m starting the grad school application process this Fall, and randomly stumbled across your blog. This article definitely helped me get on track with what I want to write about in my personal statement. Thank you so much!

    • Thank you so much, Katherine!! You just made my whole day! I really, really appreciate your comment. Glad to help! Let me know if you have any questions along the way!

  2. Betsy Vasquez says:

    OMG, you are a angel. I have been trying to write a admission essay and I just couldn’t do it. I had a mental block. But now with your outline it will be much easy to get started. Thanks a million. Finding your blog was like getting a gift from god.


  3. Excellent post! I’d like to add something about my experience if I may. I had a significant dip in grades for a few semesters due to a very serious issue in my personal life. I was so worried that this would ruin my application. I very briefly explained what I was going through in my statement along with how it’s made me a better student and clinician. Of course, I also included my related volunteer/work experience. I was hesitant to get so personal, but I think it helped me in the end. It’s encouraging to know that some schools appreciate life experience as well as academic. Sorry for the rant. I hope this helps someone out there! The application process can be so discouraging but do the best you can and it will happen!

    • I can relate! I transferred colleges to improve my GPA and mentioned that in my statement. I also took a semester off because of a seizure that I had, and mentioned that as well. I was accepted into two of the schools I applied to, and I am convinced it is because of my honesty. Of course, I mentioned leadership and volunteer experience, which I am sure helped as well!

      Something I found to be a great resource at my school was career services and the writing center. Both of these resources helped me write my personal statements and resumes.

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