write a Statement of purpose/personal statement for two separate grad school applications.



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For project 4, I decided to pick the second option which is the grad school option. In this project I have to Identify two graduate programs that I’m considering applying for. Since I'm a pre-pharm student I am considering applying to UCSD pharmacy school and loma linda as my second option. I will approach this project by learning about how to write a statement of purpose for the two grad schools that I’m planning to apply for. Since I’m not familiar with the statement of purpose I will use the link provided in the prompt. This paper will include a page for each grad school that has their websites and a discussion of how each statement should be.( I go to sdsu, biology major)

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RWS 305W Project 4: Argument and Framing Analysis Applied: Career, Grad School, or Public Writing The goal of this project is for you to apply all of the rhetorical analysis skills you refined during Projects 2 and 3, and practice your new skill of framing analysis in order to produce two documents relevant to your future career goals. Motivation. Based on your personal purpose (e.g. finding a job, entering graduate school, or producing a piece of public discourse) select one task from the following three: 1. Cover letter and résumé tailored to a specific job: You will need to search for a job listing and then frame your résumé to that position. The following links provide some good resources for writing cover letters and résumés: Résumés: http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resumewriting-tips/resume-writing-help/article.aspx Cover letters: http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/coverletter-tips/jobs.aspx 2. Grad School Option: Statement of purpose/personal statement for two separate grad school applications. You may use the same basic statement for each school, but tailor it to (or frame it for) each specific program. Review the following guidelines for writing an effective statement of purpose: http://www.uni.edu/~gotera/gradapp/stmtpurpose.htm. 3. Two advocacy/complaint letters to legislators or organizations about an important cause or concern; select your issue and decide on which legislator(s) or organization(s) to address your letter to. You may use the same basic letter for each recipient, but tailor it to (or frame it for) each specific recipient. You must select one issue--not a separate issue per recipient. See http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/letters.draft.htm for basic guidelines. Part I. Your first task is to select which of the three types of documents you will compose. For the résumé and cover letter, identify an actual job to apply for. Part II. Identify your audience characteristics as relevant to your rhetorical situation {age, gender, background, education, occupation, political affiliation, beliefs/values, subject area knowledge, and discourse community}. Part III. List and discuss the rhetorical strategies you will use to engage your targeted audience {document structure, document format, diction, sentence structure, organization, development types, appeals (ethos, logos, pathos), purpose strategy, avoiding or analyzing fallacies}. Note: Parts I-III will constitute the reflection that you will do on the first page of your final project; see Submission Instructions on the last page of this prompt. Part IV. Compose two documents effectively framed to appeal to your target audience and to achieve your purpose. Your final documents should demonstrate good audience analysis, framing skills, and effective use of rhetorical strategies. Prompt: Craft documents corresponding to one of the three tasks you chose (job/career, grad school, advocacy letters). On page one of your final project, write a reflection/plan covering Parts I through III above. The next pages will be your actual documents. Criteria for Evaluation: Successful projects earning a “C” or above will accomplish the following tasks: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Reflect thoughtful rhetorical strategies for your targeted audiences. Reflect depth and breadth of preparation, such as what you did in Project 3. Produce a realistic text that will lead toward accomplishment of your goal. Use appropriate language, structure, and grammar for your writing situation. Effectively frame each document to appeal to your target audience. (see submission instructions on next page) Submission Instructions: Submit all materials in one Word or PDF file. (PDF recommended to preserve formatting in résumés!) Page 1: A description of your project and reflection of your approach to the writing tasks, covering Parts I-III of the prompt. This should be no longer than one page. Single space all materials for this assignment. For this page only, use standard heading information, single-spaced, as follows: Your Name Professor’s Name Course and Section (RWS 305W, Sec. #) Date (spell out) For cover letter/resume option: Identify company you are applying to and a link to the website/job description. Include a discussion of how you framed your letter and résumé to appeal to the recipient. For Grad School option: Identify and describe the two specific universities and graduate programs you are applying to, including a link to each program's website. Include a discussion of how you framed the personal statement/statement of purpose for each program. For advocacy/complaint letter option: Identify legislators/organizations you are writing to, the single issue you are writing about, and an explanation of why you selected these recipients. Include a discussion of how you framed each letter to appeal to each recipient. Subsequent pages: Include your cover letter followed by resume (one page each), advocacy letters (one page each), or grad school personal statements (one page each). Peer Review: Sunday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 6. Final Project 4 due: Sunday, May 10, 11:59 p.m. Please plan ahead--No work can be accepted for any reason after the submission port closes. Writing the Personal Statement Summary: This handout provides information about writing personal statements for academic and other positions. Source: Purdue OWL https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/642/01/ Contributors:Jo Doran, Allen Brizee Last Edited: 2012-05-08 09:59:04 The personal statement, your opportunity to sell yourself in the application process, generally falls into one of two categories: 1. The general, comprehensive personal statement: This allows you maximum freedom in terms of what you write and is the type of statement often prepared for standard medical or law school application forms. 2. The response to very specific questions: Often, business and graduate school applications ask specific questions, and your statement should respond specifically to the question being asked. Some business school applications favor multiple essays, typically asking for responses to three or more questions. Questions to ask yourself before you write:         What's special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story? What details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants? When did you become interested in this field and what have you learned about it (and about yourself) that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to this field? What insights have you gained? How have you learned about this field—through classes, readings, seminars, work or other experiences, or conversations with people already in the field? If you have worked a lot during your college years, what have you learned (leadership or managerial skills, for example), and how has that work contributed to your growth? What are your career goals? Are there any gaps or discrepancies in your academic record that you should explain (great grades but mediocre LSAT or GRE scores, for example, or a distinct upward pattern to your GPA if it was only average in the beginning)? Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (for example, economic, familial, or physical) in your life?     What personal characteristics (for example, integrity, compassion, and/or persistence) do you possess that would improve your prospects for success in the field or profession? Is there a way to demonstrate or document that you have these characteristics? What skills (for example, leadership, communicative, analytical) do you possess? Why might you be a stronger candidate for graduate school—and more successful and effective in the profession or field than other applicants? What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you? General advice Answer the questions that are asked   If you are applying to several schools, you may find questions in each application that are somewhat similar. Don't be tempted to use the same statement for all applications. It is important to answer each question being asked, and if slightly different answers are needed, you should write separate statements. In every case, be sure your answer fits the question being asked. Tell a story  Think in terms of showing or demonstrating through concrete experience. One of the worst things you can do is to bore the admissions committee. If your statement is fresh, lively, and different, you'll be putting yourself ahead of the pack. If you distinguish yourself through your story, you will make yourself memorable. Be specific  Don't, for example, state that you would make an excellent doctor unless you can back it up with specific reasons. Your desire to become a lawyer, engineer, or whatever should be logical, the result of specific experience that is described in your statement. Your application should emerge as the logical conclusion to your story. Find an angle  If you're like most people, your life story lacks drama, so figuring out a way to make it interesting becomes the big challenge. Finding an angle or a "hook" is vital. Concentrate on your opening paragraph  The lead or opening paragraph is generally the most important. It is here that you grab the reader's attention or lose it. This paragraph becomes the framework for the rest of the statement. Tell what you know  The middle section of your essay might detail your interest and experience in your particular field, as well as some of your knowledge of the field. Too many people graduate with little or no knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the profession or field they hope to enter. Be as specific as you can in relating what you know about the field and use the language professionals use in conveying this information. Refer to experiences (work, research, etc.), classes, conversations with people in the field, books you've read, seminars you've attended, or any other source of specific information about the career you want and why you're suited to it. Since you will have to select what you include in your statement, the choices you make are often an indication of your judgment. Don't include some subjects  There are certain things best left out of personal statements. For example, references to experiences or accomplishments in high school or earlier are generally not a good idea. Don't mention potentially controversial subjects (for example, controversial religious or political issues). Do some research, if needed  If a school wants to know why you're applying to it rather than another school, do some research to find out what sets your choice apart from other universities or programs. If the school setting would provide an important geographical or cultural change for you, this might be a factor to mention. Write well and correctly  Be meticulous. Type and proofread your essay very carefully. Many admissions officers say that good written skills and command of correct use of language are important to them as they read these statements. Express yourself clearly and concisely. Adhere to stated word limits. Avoid clichés  A medical school applicant who writes that he is good at science and wants to help other people is not exactly expressing an original thought. Stay away from often-repeated or tired statements. For more information on writing a personal statement, see the personal statement vidcast. ...
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