Personal Statement Supplement
This packet was created as a supplement to the “Applying to Audiology Graduate School” guide, which can be foundhere. This supplement is intended to provide additional, more detailed information to aid undergraduate students in writing a personal statement or statement of purpose for their graduate school application.
Please contact Olivia DeWald, Chapter and Member Relations Committee Chair, with any questions.
Neither the authors nor the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) are the authoritative source on graduate school applications. The best resource for admissions information is to reference the individual graduate programs’ application requirements.
All examples provided are for the purposes of guidance only. Personal statements are intended to allow applicants an avenue to showcase themselves as unique and demonstrate their writing skills. Therefore, plagiarism is NOT beneficial and NEVER condoned.
Personal Statement Samples
The following personal statements have been provided by audiology graduate students who are members of SAA. They are intended to be used as examples of successful statements. As you read through them, consider:
- Was there anything noteworthy/interesting?
- What did they do well?
- What could have been improved?
- If you were an application committee, would you accept them? Why or why not?
The header denotes the year in which the author ultimately enrolled. Some text has been altered to remove identifying information, such as names and universities, and is marked in italics.
The following resources have excellent information and examples that may be found helpful.
Doran, J., & Brizee, A. (2012, May 8). Writing the Personal Statement. In addition to information about the personal statement in general, questions to ask yourself before writing, and general advice, the following is accessible in the left sidebar navigation:
- Advice from Admissions Officers
- Top 10 Rules and Pitfalls
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Writers Workshop: Writer Resources. (n.d.). In addition to information about the personal statement in general, this source includes:
- Context Considerations
- One Process for Writing the Personal Statement
- Personal Inventory Questions
- Do’s and Don’ts
Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Information
Admission at Queen’s is very competitive, so we may use supplemental information, including the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), Supplementary Essay (SE), audition, and portfolio, where required – as well as your academic record, to help make admission decisions.
For all programs except Commerce, completion of the PSE is recommended. For Commerce applicants, it is required.
The PSE is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and what you are doing outside the classroom. Applicants who have not submitted a PSE will still be considered for admission to Queen’s (with the exception of Commerce applicants for whom it is required). But for applicants whose marks fall within a critical range, the PSE will be considered in support of your application.
The minimum admission average, and the number of students selected based on the PSE varies from program to program and from year to year. It is dependent on the number of applicants to the program, the academic strength of the applicants in a given year, the number of spaces available, and any additional admission circumstances in a given year.
Please check your SOLUS To-Do List for the recommended last day to submit for your program.
Advanced Standing Track Nursing
Applicants to the Advanced Standing Track Nursing program are required to submit an upper-year PSE.
For applicants to the Commerce program, both the PSE and SE are required documents. The recommended last date to submit both is February 15.
Upper-year transfer to Commerce applicants are also required to submit an upper-year PSE.
If you have applied to one of our Concurrent Education programs, the PSE and the SE are recommended documents.
Please consider your future in education when you are completing your PSE:
- Personal qualities and experiences are vitally important to the successful educator. The Faculty of Education encourages Concurrent Education applicants to focus their PSE on what would make you a good teacher.
- When listing an extracurricular activity or employment opportunity, describe the impact of this experience and the greatest learning outcome for you from the perspective of how that would make you a good teacher.
- The readers of your PSE will be looking for you to explain how your experiences that will help you as a future educator.
Applicants to the Bachelor of Music program and the Music Theatre program are required to audition. For details on the audition, please visit the Dan School of Drama and Music website.
Applicants to the Fine Art (visual art) program are required to submit a portfolio no later than February 15. For details on the portfolio, please visit the Fine Art Program website.
How to submit your PSE/SE
- Go to my.queensu.ca.
- Log into your Student Centre using your NetID and password.
- Click on SOLUS (red tab on the top-right corner of the MyQueen'sU dashboard).
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Admissions heading.
- Click on the "Personal Statement of Experience" link directly below the heading.
- Complete your PSE and SE. Save your work often. The PSE will time out after 20 minutes.
- After you have saved your work you must click the "Submit" button.
- Record your confirmation number.
After successfully submitting your PSE, it will be removed from your To-Do list within 72 hours.