Monday, October 09, 2006

Personal vs. Purpose


Hullo there! Thanks abundantly for the blog and book. This may well be the most inane question you've gotten to date, but I'm asking anyway. Is there any difference at all between a personal statement and a purpose statement? I feel like when a program asks for the former I'm writing something more informal, centered on what my deal is personally. Whereas I'm trying to write purpose statements that are more related to questions like why grad school in creative writing, why this program, etc. So should I be thinking about these babies differently? Or should I chill out and read "personal" and "purpose" as synonymous? Or should I just chill out?

Happy Friday,

--Seeking a Cool Alliterative Codename in Wisconsin

Hullo back at you, SaCACiW. The first thing I want to say is: if a program asks for answers to specific questions, then yes, always address what the program asks you to address. That said, you should be talking about your purpose in your personal statement, and you should be talking about the personal in your purpose statement. So unless the program has clear guidelines, I think you're good to chill out.

And remember to keep your letter friendly, formal, and focused. Rock on.

7 comments:

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aliya seen said...

Your personal statement is going to be the most important part of your application. It is the only part in which you have a free hand to explain about who you are and why you should be given that all important place personal statement ee

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