please, do you write personal statements for Ph.D.? how do I upload it to you if I want you to rewrite it asking the right questions. I have written one but desire to make it stronger. secondly, do you edit papers one has written?

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It’s great that you would like to improve the statement you’ve already written. Although eNotes educators can help you write a personal statement, they cannot write it for you. This is just as well because nobody knows more than you do about what you’ve accomplished and what you hope to accomplish in the future.

As you revise, think about what you’ve written so far and how it can fit into the following categories: who you are (your background, motivations, and interests), your achievements, and your goals. An effective personal statement will convey all of these things. How you present them depends on your field. Here are some tips:

It’s wise to write in a style similar to the one used in your discipline. An engineer can and should express individuality and creativity, but they probably shouldn’t express it by writing their personal statement like a whimsical autobiography, which may be better suited to a literature applicant (even then, this isn’t recommended). A traditional Ph.D. culminates in a dissertation, and the professors reviewing your application want to see that you can produce a well-structured, cogent argument. The personal statement is your chance to show them that you can. You are, after all, making the argument that you deserve a place in their program.

Differentiate yourself from other applicants, but not by being inappropriately unconventional (don’t mail the admissions committee a shoe and say you just wanted to “get your foot in the door”)! Instead, write about your accomplishments, especially publications, awards, and participation in conferences. Write about your motivation to pursue a terminal degree in your field. If someone inspired you to pursue it, make sure you are ultimately describing your own interest, not somebody else’s.

Include work experience that relates to your field. If you know what you would like to do after you graduate, consider telling them. If you have a particular research interest, tell them. Does your interest happen to be something this university specializes in? Use it to explain why you would like a spot in their program. A word of caution: be very careful that you send the correct personal statement to the correct school!

Be descriptive but concise. Personal statements rarely run beyond 750-1000 words. If you find that it’s not possible to tell your story in the space you’re given, you’re likely trying to tell them too much. An effective personal statement will show the admissions committee who you are by showing them what you’ve done and how you’re working toward what you hope to do. Many of your accomplishments will speak for themselves.

Check your personal statement for spelling and grammatical errors, and have other people check it too. Print your statement and go through it word-by-word. Read your statement aloud and see if it flows well. Have someone else read it aloud and don’t try to control how they do it; this way, you’ll get a better idea of how it will be read by the admissions committee. Once you’re confident you have an error-free statement, proofread it once more!

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