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Personal Statement

Last Updated: March 22, 2020

For more information, also see the Personal Statement Chapter in this Atlas. 

Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Your Personal Statement

The personal statement is the only part of your application that depends entirely on your own imagination; it is truly personal. Therefore, you might want to use it to demonstrate personal facets of your life, education, and character. Use it to illustrate to potential readers about who you are as a human being. The assessors might also interpret this statement as a surrogate marker of your communication skills. Although a great personal statement might not be the deciding factor in why you are chosen for a certain position or for an interview, a mediocre or controversial personal statement can ruin your chances.

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