Do tie yourself to the college. Be specific about what this particular school can do for you. Your essay can have different slants for different colleges.
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Generally, keep in mind that the points about your life that you highlight should be somehow relevant to both your own interest in the field of study, as well as to the concerns of the admissions committee. In judging what information to include or exclude from your essay, try to balance academic, work-related, and personal information in a manner appropriate to your situation, goals, and the application requirements.
If, during your research on the department's faculty, a faculty member strikes you as someone whom you might be interested in working with, indicate this in your essay; be concise and specific about why you want to work with this person in particular. A word of caution here: Do not try to use this as a way to "butter up" the admissions committee, because if there is any reason to believe that you are not sincere, your application may be adversely affected. Again, mention the person and how their work relates to your interest, but don't load this statement with what might be interpreted as false or superfluous praise.
Many people have asked me what I want to do with my life and where I see myself in the next five years. I have seen this question put to many of my peers and even my siblings and I have found that most of them have no idea how to answer these question. On the other hand, I have thought much about this and I know exactly what I want to do with my life, especially for the next four years at college. I have chosen Criminal Justice as my choice of study and career and I know that there are no rewards in this field unless I work hard and strive to gain as much information on the subject as I can. This is only possible if I am admitted to the XX University and pursue my studies in Criminal Justice there. I am a highly motivated individual who really have high aspirations in life and I am very much motivated to study at a college level. Me and my family is very proud of my decision to attend college as I would be the first one in my family, including my parents and my three brothers, to attend a four-year college program. I would like to continue my college studies at XX University, as I believe they have a very good curriculum and an excellent faculty where I can learn Criminal Justice. I sternly believe that a person who goes to college and completes his or her education, emerges a better person and is more likely to succeed as he or she is exposed to many new perspectives, many new doors, and many new opportunities. The price of ignorance is much higher than the price of getting an education because if you do not get a college education, you pay for ignorance everyday for the rest of your life.
Instructions:I am seventeen years old and would be the first of 3 brothers including parents to attend a four year college pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Played basketball in as a ninth grader played football in 10th and 11th grade. Community service - special olympics, batter shelter for women clean up, cleanup city etc. Donating to the salvation army and the Cheyenne river Sioux reservation.
I am a leader.
My father is a retired captain for department of corrections for the state of XX. and now head of security for XX Middle school. My family history has kept me interested in criminal justice.
This essay is for admission to XX University. I am in the process of applying but I am stuck on the essay part. I am a senior at high school. The question is why do i want to attend the university.
The major I wish to pursue is Criminal Justice.
I forgot to mention I have had a part time job since last November and managed to get good grades as a full time senior. Holding a job at the age of sixteen and now I am seventeen shows I am a responsible young man.
The overall application package will represent who "you" are to people whom you will most likely not know personally. The written expression of your qualities as an applicant will often be a very important way for committee members to get to know why you are an acceptable candidate for their program. Thus, it is essential to take great care in preparing this part of your application. Because graduate schools make important selection decisions that are partly based on what you say in this essay, the writing of it can be an intimidating prospect.
I am a hard working and a well-rounded individual and I have been involved in many extra curricular activities along with keeping good grades at school. I have been employed at a part-time job during my senior year and this shows that I am a responsible person who is able to focus on what is important. I played basketball in ninth grade and football in tenth and eleventh grade. I have also done a lot of community service by serving such causes as the Special Olympics, the batter shelter for women, and my city. I have had many leadership positions in these extra curricular activities and I believe that I would be a very good fit as a student at the XX University, especially studying Criminal Justice. This is because I have always had an interest in the subject because of my father, who is a retired captain for the department of corrections for the state of XX and now head of security for XX Middle school. I believe that being intrinsically motivated at learning is one of the key factors of getting educated in a more efficient manner. This, along with the fact that the XX University has a very good program in Criminal Justice, makes this university a perfect fit with my ambitions. This is why I believe that I would be able to do very well at the University and would emerge as a motivated and well-educated person ready to start my career on the right path.
The personal statement is extremely important in gaining admittance to graduate and professional schools. Although it can be frustrating to write an original and well-devised statement, through time and drafts it will be written. The ones that are good take time. The ones that are bad can sabotage your chances for success. It is also important that you show your drafts to a Writing Center tutor, your academic advisor, Career Planning advisor, and friends; they will help you write an essay that reveals the right balance of personal and academic characteristics and specifics.
Once you have developed a sense of the faculty's interests and the department's special features, you can make it clear in your application exactly why you want to attend that particular school. What is it about the department's curriculum structure or general approach to the field that makes you interested in being a student there? Don't waste your valuable essay space, or your reader's valuable time, telling the reader how wonderful or prestigious their institution is; people on the admissions committee already know this. They want to know about you.