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The statement that accompanies your application is your opportunity to present yourself and your goals to the admissions committee. Your statement should be well written and should address your background, your areas of interest and your future plans. Be as specific as you can about how the program to which you are applying would be the most beneficial to you and how it will enable you to eventually make a significant contribution in your field of study. You want to convince the admissions committee that their program and the qualities you bring are an excellent match.

Drafting your statement will be a time consuming process. You will need to write and rewrite. The staff of the Reading/Writing Center, Room 420 TH, will be able to help; contact them early. Also, ask your advisors if they will look over your statement for guidance and suggestions.

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