Your personal statement is a critical piece of your application to the Cohen Honors College. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you beyond your GPA and test score. Below are tips to help you write a successful personal statement.

  • Write a draft without worrying about the length.

  • Try to tell the reader something that no other applicant will be able to say

  • Provide the reader with insight into what drives you

  • Be yourself, not the 'ideal' applicant

  • Get creative and imaginative in the opening remarks, but make sure it's something that no one else could write

  • Address the school's unique features that interest you. Consider, for example, what prepares you to do more meaningful work in the Honors College at WSU.

  • Concentrate on your strengths.

  • Evaluate your experiences.

  • Proofread carefully for grammar, syntax, punctuation, word usage, and style

  • Use readable fonts, typeface, and conventional spacing and margins

Adapted from Stewart, Mark Alan. Perfect Personal Statements. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996.

See also the Purdue University online writing lab for suggestions and examples