Identify the next step in your academic and/or professional career
after graduation. Whether applying to a graduate or professional school
or for employment, it is common that applicants are asked to write
personal statements. Unfortunately, some applicants have developed
habits frowned upon by admissions committees and potential employers
(e.g., divulging personal or sensitive information about problems or
Consider the prompt: Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in a position in our graduate program (or organization).
Review the advice in section 8.4 in your text and write a
two-paragraph answer to the prompt. Your response should be of the
quality to be submitted with an actual application.