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PERSONAL STATEMENT My pursuit of becoming a School Counselor led me to apply to the School Counseling Master’s Program at University of Maryland, College Park.
I am a former student at University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
If you’re e-mailing or attaching a file, be sure it’s named appropriately, and keep the formatting simple (or as directed). Admission folks will not be impressed by a litany of 14-syllable words or Shakespearean quotes, unless there is a reason why they tie into your story.
Use conversational language and a consistent, friendly tone.If there is a direct question, answer it without veering off on a tangent.If you are asked to submit the essay as a single-spaced document in Comic Sans font (okay, probably not, but you never know), then so be it.You should have impeccable spelling, grammar, and punctuation throughout your essay, and avoid texting slang or vulgar language unless there is an absolutely compelling reason why it needs to be in your story.(Hint: there’s probably not.) If you’re sending in a hard copy, it should be on also be on crisp, white paper without fold marks, crumples, or pizza stains.With the exception of a quote, which you’ll attribute appropriately, the words in your essay must come from your brain. Try these brainstorming techniques to help get past writer’s block.No, we’re not saying to use photos and hashtags in your essay.They have already read thousands of submissions detailing how a traumatic childhood experience influenced your career goals or how a volunteer endeavor changed the way you see the world.Don’t write about lofty ideals or brag about academic triumphs either, just because you assume it’s what admission officers want to hear.I had the privilege of undertaking the Elementary Education program as an undergraduate at University of Maryland.The program proved to be rigorous with high expectations from professors, mentors, and supervisors.