Here is a great resource on some good personal statements!
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SOP mistakes: what to avoid
Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:23 AM
Guys read this : http://honors.tamu.e...Frustration.pdf
MajorityMinority posted this a few months ago, but WOW! I can honestly say this will help me clear up my SOP. Read it! Digest it! Use it!
this link is broken
does anyone have the file or an updated link? google search has proven futile.
Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:19 AM
I wish I did that. I thought my transcript would reflect it, but it didn't. In fact, my transcript didn't even list both my majors! I almost cried when I saw a scanned copy of it. (My school doesn't give them to students, they mail it out themselves). It didn't say what professors taught which classes or anything. It looked awful.
Posted 04 August 2014 - 06:07 PM
I just had a professor who sits on admissions committees look over my SOP.
My introduction was talking about how I liked to go to museums as a child and was fascinated by the ancient world. He said that starting out like this is a huge mistake. Obviously if you are applying to study archaeology at the graduate level, it's pretty much assumed that you're fascinated by the ancient world and probably enjoy museums. But so do lots of people. What makes you unique. Attempt to illustrate your passion for the field without really telling some kind of silly story about your childhood. This is also an approach that many people take, and if you really want a strong SOP you'll find a better, more mature, and more creative way to say it.
This may be acceptable to some programs but in general starting out with an anecdote is a no-no.
2014 was a flop. Recouping and regrouping for 2015.
Currently considering: UCD hydrobiology, U MAINE, U Maryland: MEES, CSUMB: MLML, Brown, URI, VIMS, U Delaware, UConn, Scripps (Oceanography...not the other one), MIT/Woods Hole Joint.
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