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Jul. 24th, 2008 @ 03:22 pm (no subject)
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Okay, so. Finally cracking down on this grad school application.

The aim: The Reasons Statement. "An essential part of your application, the Reasons Statement is used to determine the appropriateness of your educational and professional goals and serves as an example of your ability to express yourself in writing. In the statement:

1. Explain your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
2. Describe specific interests and your background in the field.
3. List any relevant skills or training you have acquired.
4. List relevant academic awards or honors you have received.
5. If your program requires recommendations, list the names of those individuals who will write on your behalf."

I guess what throws me is that I have no idea how to approach this. I want to make it interesting, but is "interesting" what they're going for? What kind of format should I do this in? Should I just start writing? Should I treat it as one big long statement or should I break it down by number/section?

I've got bullet points so far for each question. But now comes the tricky part: the actual writing. I guess the questions I'm asking are related to the questions they're asking, because it all boils down to my ability to express myself in writing.

{pause}

At least it's not expressing myself verbally, haha. I can think about this more.

Thoughts? Recommendations?
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From:aeb
Date:July 25th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
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1&2 could be done either separately or together. I'm not sure that makes much difference. 3,4&5 ask specifically for lists. I wouldn't worry too much about working those into the essay(s). Unless you have an inspiration for how to make that flow, I'd just make three lists for those parts. {Smile}

I really don't know what they're looking for. However, I can think of a couple of things they could look at.

First, they could look at the reasons you give. I don't think there are many wrong answers. However, they'd probably like to see that you've thought about this. Graduate school is a commitment that will take more out of you than undergraduate did. They'd probably feel happier if this looked like a carefully thought out decision. {Smile}

Second, they can look at your writing skills. You'll need them. Library Science is writing-intensive, and in graduate school, that means a lot of writing. This can include both fine details like grammar and spelling. It can also include larger details, like how you organize your essay(a), and whether you know how to write in a formal manner. (Do not write chattily or informally here. A graduate school application is not the time or the place for that. {Smile})

Beyond that, I'd tell you not to worry too much, but I suspect you will anyway. It's hard not to worry with graduate school. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin