How to Put Yourself at the Center of Your Personal Statement

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I was getting ready to hop the commuter train home from work and I could not stop thinking about a personal statement I was editing for a graduate student. This applicant was accomplished by all objective measures — and yet — the language throughout her personal statement was subtly, but consistently, disempowering. Her sentences kept turning over and over again in my mind: I was able