KieBelle Posted October 18, 2009 Share Posted October 18, 2009 First off, I realize that similar questions to this one have been asked before. I've read through those posts and am still at a loss. So any help would be much appreciated. One of the schools I'm applying to requires the standard SOP AND a Personal Statement. The prompt for the PS is this: How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University X? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose. I've learned through this forum that this is actually a "diversity statement", the university's way of finding out your ethnic background. My question is, how does a white, middle-class American with no traumatic life experiences or significant challenges to overcome answer this question? I'm sure that when they ask for a "discussion of the journey" that's led me to grad school, they don't want "I've wanted to be a _______ since I was 5 years old." So what the heck am I supposed to write? Has anyone else in my situation had to write one of these? Any suggestions? (Of course I realize you know nothing about me or my life- I'm just asking for general ideas.) Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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