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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-20-07 08:07 PM
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How long does a personal statement essay have to be?
I'm applying to grad school and they want me to write an essay, "expressing your professional goals and reasons for wanting to enroll as a graduate student" and I'm curious how long that should that be? 250 words? 500 words? more?

I hate having to write these damn things in the first place. What could I possibly say that every other person applying to the program isn't already saying. I actually applied to my undergrad program because I DIDN'T have to write one of these stupid essays. I mean aren't my transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation enough to prove that I'm at least literate?
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-20-07 08:39 PM
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1. kick
I'm actually watching American Idol to put off doing this!
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-20-07 10:33 PM
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2. Some people with good grades and such still can't write a good sentence
They probably want to check your writing skills as well as finding out why you are interested in their program. I don't know what program you're applying for, but some applicants may have a serious, longstanding interest in the subject, others may not. Some may have concrete, well thought-out goals, others not.
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