For most graduate programs, how well an applicant ‘fits’ with the program or department is one of the most important requisites next to skills and capabilities. Of course your grades from undergrad and scores on your admissions test will play a big role in your application, but there are ways to highlight your capabilities, strengths and talents through the personal narrative. These are a few of the things that will influence the admissions committee, but keep in mind to make everything your own. What you write should also reflect your personality and individuality because personal qualities are equally appreciated.
“I wanted to study Arabic in order to connect with my family, history, religion, and culture. I previously lived and worked in an Arabic-speaking country and wanted to learn Arabic more formally in order to maintain personal and professional...”
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