The admissions process for graduate and professional school is more competitive today than ever before.How to Write the Perfect Personal Statementwill de-mystify critical aspects of the admissions process by providing insight into how to create and write personal statements that respond to the questions that appear on the applications of many popular graduate schools, whom to approach for letters of recommendation, and how to make the best impression at the interview.
Mark Alan Stewart
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first 2 chapters were probably the most helpful; that is, if you didn't already know the basics about personal statement writing.
My real gripe with the book are the examples; if these are some of the very best that applicants have had to offer, then perhaps anyone could get in. However, I really don't think they are. The examples are simple and not at all profound, as I would expect a stellar personal statement to be. I think I wrote better samples of things while I was in middle school. I had bought this book with the intention of getting good ideas on how to write my own personal statement but I'm not in any better position than I was before I read the book.
Pros: I think they used recycled paper to print this book. That deserves at least 2 stars!
As a college student soon applying to professional schools, I found this book to be totally useless. Although cheap, it is not worth the buy. It gives some general advice that is already well-known but is also given in better and more detailed books. In addition, their examples hardly impressed me and were definitely not top-tier school material. If I turned in one of those statements, I would be rejected everywhere. Look elsewhere when looking for how to write your statement!!!
The book is ok but nothing earth shattering. IMO, a lot of it is stuff you should already know if you are applying graduate school. There is, however, some decent advice that you probably only need to see one time to understand. I think most people would do better reading a book targeted to their specific graduate school goal: law school, mba....etc.
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