We usually type comments on your drafts and exchange them via email attachment, but in-person consultation is also possible.
of a total application package that represents you.
Other components, such as your resume and transcript, contain important data points, but they do not reveal your motivation, your goals, or your vision.
Your essay will be read for content, but also as a writing sample; readers will look for indications of clear and organized thinking and effective communication. Margins, typeface, font, and word count guidelines are inviolable with most applications, so pay strict attention to them.
Readers will not be charmed by your having so much to say that you ignore their limits.
Whereas before, their ideas and aims were vague, the discipline of writing made them clear and concrete. Most fellowships will require a project proposal (where you outline what you intend to study or research and how you will go about it) and a personal statement (where you describe how you came to be interested in the project).
Some, however, ask you to write separate, smaller essays about your leadership, service, current events, or other topics.
Be prepared to discuss those topics in more detail, should you be invited to interview.
Check your facts to make sure what you are saying is accurate, whether it is about things happening in the world or your own experiences. But reading essays by former winners can help you understand the genre, and how some other candidates have presented themselves.
The personal statement should tell enough about you that is unique to you that it is distinguishable from any other person’s essay.
It should make the reader want to meet you and talk with you further.