Block in Graduate School Personal Statements
When fall starts to give way to winter, there are
several things we can always
accurately predict. There will be lots of leaves to rake, the days
will get shorter and a lot of extremely talented graduate school
applicants will struggle with writer's block.
These are the five things you need to do
to overcome your writer's block:
1. Set a first draft deadline within the next few hours and stick to it.
Undergraduate students (and grad school applicants have achieved
'legendary status' for their abilities to complete papers in short order.
Harness this talent you have deep within you to produce that first draft and get
2. Talk it out.
If you don't want to ask your significant other or trusted friend or family member to hear you out, then use a mirror.
It's easy and extremely effective.
3. Eliminate your distractions.
Drafting your grad school personal statement certainly qualifies as worthy of a special trip to a library or park (weather
permitting), so don't be afraid to go to whatever reasonable length is necessary to rid yourself of your distractions.
4. Jump in wherever.
Writer's block, quite simply, means you're having trouble
getting something – anything – on that
blank sheet of paper (or word processor file as the case may be). Since you
don't currently have an introduction,
body paragraphs or a conclusion –
just jump in and resign yourself that you will worry later about
how to tie everything together.
5. Do NOT worry about grammar.
And also on the subject of pulling everything together later,
the first draft is not the appropriate time to concern yourself with any
grammatical or style issues. Get your story down first and remember that the
first draft is appropriately referred to as a rough draft!
Are you struggling with writer's block? We can help you select the best topics for your
graduate school personal statements and ensure the admissions committees see you in
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