longforit Posted December 7, 2013 Share Posted December 7, 2013 I'm applying to this program that requires both Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement. The requirement of personal statement seems to be not program-specific, and it's expected to be a 500ish-word short essay. After pouring all my passion/what I can think of about linguistics into my statement of purpose, I found I have little to say in my personal statement except a few general statements about my interest in linguistics and cognitive science (the interest in the particular areas have been elaborated in the SoP). I was wondering how much importance an Adcom would attach to a personal statement? I think if I just list my personal experiences in a chronological order it will be not very convincing. Any idea how should I be effective in this essay? Should I give, say, vivid stories, or a more abstract, "philosophical" understanding of linguistics? Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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