The personal statement (also known as a statement of purpose) is a typical requirement of a graduate school application. It is a short essay where you describe how your personal goals and aspirations have influenced your professional goals, how admission into that graduate program will contribute to the fulfillment of your goals, and how you plan to use that education.

To find out more about the personal statement and to see step-by-step instructions on how to write it login to the Student Leadership Forum and browse the Discussion Forums. From there you will find a sub-forum dedicated to the personal statement.