Developed by Monica Clark '01
All applications, from my experience, requires either explicitly or implicitly answers to three main questions. Be sure you cover all three in your personal statement or project proposal.
What are you proposing to do and how are you prepared to do it?
This question is usually covered in requests for a project statement or proposal. Be sure you address the following:
Why should you get this opportunity?
This question usually focuses on what your past experience has been and what your goals include. Make sure you do the following:
What are you going to give back?
This question is almost always implicit, but make sure you address it! People who are giving money or opportunities want to know that it will benefit more than just you. Sometimes this can be worked into questions about future career or academic goals. Even if you are not sure what the benefits will be or what you will do when you are finished, show that you have at least thought about it.