In Part 1 of our roundup, we considered some helpful tips to keep in mind when drafting supplementary essays and personal statements to support an application for university or graduate studies. Notably, we highlighted the importance of fully answering the prompt and providing concrete examples of skills and personal attributes.
Applying to university? Perhaps graduate studies—a master’s program or a degree in law or medicine? If so, you’re probably well aware of the required essays and personal statements that supplement an applicant’s academic record. While graduate and professional programs have long required these supporting documents, undergraduate programs are also increasingly relying on supplementary essays—especially in hyper-competitive programs such as commerce, life sciences, or engineering, where the number of applicants far outstrips available spots. In these cases, admissions officials often use personal statements to distinguish amongst a large pool of candidates, almost all of whom have stellar grades. A strong essay should be the proverbial cherry on top of your application—showcasing YOU and what sets you apart from your peers.