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Writing Personal Statements: Crafting Your Professional Identity

The personal statement is written for admission to graduate and professional programs at academic institutions like UBC. But what does personal mean in an academic context? How do writers construct an appropriate professional identity? Research shows that personal statements must reflect the values of the profession, and that the personal self you construct in the statement must be a relevant self. That is, relevant to the chosen profession or discipline.

This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the personal statement, such as personal narrative, identity construction, and self-promotion, and includes dedicated time for participants to revise a statement and receive feedback from the facilitators. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a personal statement underway.

Facilitators: Dr. Patty A Kelly and Xuan Zhang, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 10am - 12pm PT

Location: IKBLC, Level 3, Dodson Room

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication does not record workshops or share workshop slides.

Questions about this event? Please contact the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication: cwsc.info@ubc.ca.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm
  Master's     Undergraduate  
  Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication     Writing  
Dr. Patty Kelly, Xuan Zhang
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