The personal statement is a key element of your applications for graduate or professional school, scholarships and study abroad programs. This workshop is designed to get you off to an informed start. The online preparation will provide important background, introducing you to exactly what a personal statement is, how to think about your audience, and what your goals might be. In the hands-on workshop we will introduce some of the key writing techniques for effective statements, and look at some examples to illustrate these. We will also cover editing techniques which you will have an opportunity to practice.
Please watch the following videos and download the resources prior to attending the workshop
Estimated preparation time: 30 minutes.
Getting Started on the Personal Statement: Identifying Your Fit, by UTSC’s AA&CC and the Writing Centre (Video - 5 minutes)
Reflection and Writing Exercise for the Personal Essay, by UTSC’s AA&CC and the Writing Centre (PDF - 5 to 10 minutes)
Personal Statement Checklist, by UTSC’s AA&CC and the Writing Centre for reviewing your draft once you have started writing (PDF - 5 minutes)
The Assignment Calculator by UTSC's Centre for Teaching and Learning. Use this tool to break your writing into small steps and keep on track to meet your deadline for the personal essay. Helpful resources are included in each step.
Note: Registration begins 2 weeks prior to the workshop!