Guidelines for Writing Your Personal Statement
The following instructions contain information about your personal statement which is a required part of your application to Kendall College. Please focus only on the information requested about you, your background and your future goals. You are strongly encouraged to carefully proofread, grammar check and spell check your personal statement. Overall writing presentation and clarity are very important.
There are five sections described below. Please include the outlined information when preparing your goal statement. While not required, we strongly suggest that you format your personal statement by heading each section with the grey headings shown below. Write your one and a half to two page personal statement in paragraph form and do not use bullet format under the section headings. The essay should be in 10-12 point font, double spaced, signed and dated.
1. Personal/Professional Goals
- Why are you interested in the degree you are seeking?
- What are your plans after you receive your degree?
- What influenced you to choose the field?
2. Academic Experience
- Describe any previous undergraduate academic experience you have had.
- Explain any inconsistencies in academic record. If your GPA is not what you would have liked, explain special personal, physical or family circumstances that may have adversely affected your GPA.
3. Work /Other Experience
- What is your prior work experience? Include any volunteer work and/or extracurricular activities that complement your career decision. If you do not have any relevant experience, you should indicate this.
- Address any cultural knowledge or experiences you may have acquired that may better prepare you for the field.
4. Personal Qualities
- What personal qualities (e.g., interpersonal skills, team work skills, etc.) do you possess that you believe will contribute to your success in your field and degree study.
5. Why Kendall?
- Indicate why Kendall would be a good match for you and your future goals.
- Why are you interested in either the campus-based or online program?