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Speech Language Pathology- Graduate Personal Statement

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Nov 11, 2014   #1
I would really appreciate it if you could look over my personal statement. This is my first draft so critical comments will help me greatly. Thank you!

prompt: A personal statement describing your professional goals and preparation for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Have you ever wondered what the most important life skill could be? The most important life skill is the ability to effectively communicate. Communication is a vital aspect to a person's day to day life. Whether it be verbally or non- verbally every person should have the gift to be able to transfer his or her thoughts and feelings. What better life reward could a person ever experience, than being a part of teaching effective communication to someone with impairments?

From a very young age, I have always wanted to pursue a profession that helps people. It was around the age of eleven when I realized Speech Language Pathology was the profession for me. My cousin was diagnosed at an early age with a rare disease and became a patient at St. Jude Children Hospital the first year of his life. This is where I was first introduced to Speech-Language Pathology. From the first moment I stepped into the speech therapy room with him, I was intrigued. The speech therapist had a passion for her job and a love for the children she was working with. From this experience, my passion for becoming a speech language pathologist started to cultivate. All throughout high school and college, I have done everything possible to pursue this dream of mine. I have observed many Speech Pathologists in different settings. I have observed within schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, and private practices. Having these observation experiences has increased my love for the profession. Throughout my observation experiences, the impact a Speech-Language Pathologist can have on their patients was very eye opening. For example, a child articulating a phoneme correctly, or a patient who has suffered brain damage from a stroke or car accident be able to eat or drink again. The broad range of opportunities available to assist patients in different areas to improve their quality of life, within the profession of Speech-Language Pathology.

Throughout my undergraduate career, at Union University, I feel I have been adequately prepared for the extensive course work I will encounter throughout the graduate program. I feel I am a great candidate for your program because of the goal-driven and self-motivated personality I possess. The graduate program will demand my full-time attention, in which I plan to master using my acquired skills of time management, organization, and attention to deadlines throughout researching Speech-Language Pathology schools, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has always been my first choice. It would be a great honor to receive my degree from such a high nationally ranked school. Thank you for considering me for your program I look forward to the opportunity to become a part of your program.

vangiespen - / 4,137 1449  
Nov 11, 2014   #2
Audrey, this is a personal statement for graduate school. Therefore, its concentration should be on your current career and the path you wish to take in the future. Do not spend so much time discussing your college work because that does not count so much in a masters degree application. Your professional challenges and how you have overcome them carry more weight in this case. Your introductory statement is nothing but word filler and should be completely deleted since it does not help the essay along nor present any information about you. My main advice, is that you answer the first question supplied in the prompt immediately. You do not need such a long personal statement essay since you were already told to concentrate on

describing your professional goals and preparation for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Just respond directly to the question using your current work experience and short term / long term goals as reference for the preparations you have been making for your enrollment in graduate school.

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