If you are thinking about applying for graduate school, chances are you once applied (and were admitted) to undergraduate school. That being the case, I’m certain you had to compose a personal statement to accompany your undergraduate application. Remember that? Wasn’t it fun? No? Well, then you’re out of luck. Because you have to repeat the process all over again with graduate school entrance essays.
Let’s face it: no one likes to write an entrance essay and/or personal statement composition for college admission. In addition to being personally revealing and creatively stifling, the things are just plain difficult to compose. Unfortunately, college admissions boards use these essays to separate the average from the above average applicants. So you might as well make the most of it.
Graduate school application essays are, in my opinion, much easier to write than those for undergraduate school because you’ve already gone through the process once already. Heck, you might even want to locate and dust off your undergraduate statement for inspiration. After all, it’s not really plagiarism if you’re copying from yourself.
When writing your graduate school entrance essays, it helps to go easy on yourself. Allow for plenty of time and prepare for some frustration. In the end, your graduate school essay, whether it’s a nursing essay, a residency statement, or an MBA essay, is going to determine your future. So … no pressure.