The Dreaded Personal Statement

Warren: “…if you get caught between the moon and New York City…”
Dottie: You know, the distance between the moon and New York City actually varies due to the moon’s elliptical orbit.
Warren: Oh, elliptical. Well, my, my — they must be using some awfully big words on the Cartoon Network.
Dottie: Actually, Laura, I studied astronomy in college. In fact, I graduated with a perfect G.P.A. Whereas the only 4.0 Warren ever got was on a breathalyzer test. –Greg the Bunny

This week I’ve been incredibly frustrated with my job. Yesterday I felt like I wanted to scream when I was forced to do admin work because our admin assistant was let go. I spent the afternoon organizing office supplies and printing out documents to send to clients. I don’t mind helping out, but I was so bored I wanted to pull my hair out. I’m pretty sure time actually ticked backwards.

So I’ve taken the first step and applied for financial aid for the spring semester, and I’m working on my graduate application. For those of you who have done this, pointers PLEASE! I’m stuck on writing my personal statement for my graduate application, and I’ve got a wicked case of writer’s block.

Not knowing how to approach this essay has me rethinking the entire idea of graduate school. I know it’s just a case of self doubt, but it’s a pretty powerful one. Ok, so it’s confession time. When I was an undergraduate, I had a lot of fun. Way too much fun. The kind of fun that made it impossible to study. I was also in the wrong major, which didn’t help much. I took some very challenging biology classes, and struggled through them. I managed to squeak by and earn my degree, finally getting my crap together my super senior year. Yes kids, it took me 5 years. ๐Ÿ™ I’m proud of myself for finishing school, but I can’t say that I’m proud of my GPA. I did apply myself in the end, but there were some semesters in there that are just plain terrible.

I feel in the four years out of school, I’ve had time to grow up, and become more focused. I do think I have what it takes to excel in graduate school, and I do believe I’d be a great teacher. But how do I sell myself to an admissions panel, when my grades say the exact opposite? Outdoor Girl has offered to help me write the essay, and I’m so grateful, because I honestly don’t know what to say.

Have any of you felt like this, or been in this position? How were your undergraduate studies? Did you goof off, or did you buckle down and study hard?

One Comment


    Email me and I will send you what I wrote. Maybe if you see an example it will help. And I suffered with writers block when I was applying to. See I applied but then decided to hold off on grad school cause right now I just don’t have the money for tuition ๐Ÿ™

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