Community Chat: How to Write a Personal Statement for Grad School – Everything You Need to Know

Tallo Wordsmith
Tallo Wordsmith Member, Administrator, Moderator, Tallo Staff Posts: 116 admin
edited January 2022 in Higher Education

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In many ways, applying to grad school isn’t that much different from applying to college as an undergrad. The application playbook goes like this: You research schools and programs, take the necessary tests (shoutout to the GRE!), submit transcripts, apply for college scholarships (’cuz, duh — nobody wants to spend 2+ years stressing about finances on top of thesis work), and get impressive letters of recommendation to bring it all home.


But there’s another critical part to your grad school application, and it’s one that seems to stress out every grad school hopeful. We are, of course, referring to the personal statement.

If you’re mega confused on how to write a personal statement for grad school, don’t worry — you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll answer all your questions about the often misunderstood personal statement, including what it is and how to write a personal statement for grad school that makes your application stand out. Graduate degree, here you come!(Read more)


Grad School Prospects! This post's for you. Share your process of getting ready to apply for grad school with the Community!


  • Pyrux
    Pyrux Member, Tallo Ambassador, Group Leader Posts: 902 Level 7 I Thought Leader

    @Tallo Wordsmith Wow, thank you for the information! This should definitely be helpful to anyone looking to apply to a grad school.

  • C_King_17
    C_King_17 Member, Tallo Ambassador, Group Leader Posts: 1,320 Level 9 | Champion

    @Tallo Wordsmith Heyo!

    Thanks for the info, totally will help me out. Also, keep me reminded that this is a good path if becoming an OPT doesn't work out.