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There are four basic types of the graduate school essay . We’ll look at each one separately. The first one is the Significant Achievement Essay. In this you’ll be asked to write about any achievement or unique experience that you’ve had, or to describe a significant risk you’ve taken (whether the risk paid off or not). You’ll also be asked to demonstrate how you grew, or changed as a person, as a result of the achievement, experience, or risk.
Machiavelli once suggested that the way to succeed in any endeavor is to rely only on those resources over which you have control and not to count on those over which you don't. The interview is a process in which you control your own destiny. It is your greatest opportunity to prove yourself to a graduate school admissions committee and show that you are the right person for the position.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students apply for admission to colleges and graduate schools in America. It’s impossible for each school to consider every applicant in full; they just don’t have the time, people, or money for such an endeavor. For this reason, they use academic profiles to help them in their selection process. They’ll look at an applicant’s grade point average, how rigorous a school or college they graduated from, and their results on one or more nationally recognized standardized tests.
Getting into grad school is getting tougher every year, as more and more applicants apply. And the competition for the best programs at the best schools is even more heated. So you want to do everything I your power to maximize your chances of being admitted. You’ve done your best at the undergraduate level, and hopefully you’ve attained a good score on an entrance exam, and you’ve got your recommendations in order. Now you’ve got to write a good essay to maximize your chances of getting into the program of your choice. Just as most aspiring doctors will have to write a medical school essay , most universities will ask you to write about why you want to attend grad school.