If they recall the anxiety and the pain, why then do graduate committees insist, year after year, that another cohort of anxious undergraduates endure this process?
As a faculty member at ODU with a small army of undergraduate research assistants, I often find myself answering the same questions over and over again about graduate school. This week, I’d like to cover one of only two parts of a graduate school application that you have direct control over: your personal statement.
This sometimes called a “statement of research interests” or “entrance essay” or similar. You shouldn’t just dive into a personal statement, because it says several things about you, and you want to make sure those messages are on target.
Nevertheless, some students do not complete their training.
Often these are students who naively entered their training with very little understanding of the field.