January 15th, 2007

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  • gaojun

Ambiguous wording

My friend is working on the transfer application for UW, and this is what it says about the personal statement:

The personal statement is a required part the application. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to create a context for your academic performance and personal history. When you write your personal statement, tell us about those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your academic record:
• a character-defining moment
• the cultural awareness you have developed
• a challenge faced
• a personal hardship or barrier
• academic preparation and history

Please address the following topics in your statement. Recommended length: 500-650 words.
• Tell us about your college career to date, describing your academic performance, your educational goals, and the choices you have made. Explain any situations that may have had a significant positive or negative impact on your academic progress, or curricular choices.
• Tell us about your intended major and career aspirations. Describe how you have academically prepared to enter your intended major and what led you to choose this field.

Isn't this wording a little confusing? Is the whole thing supposed to be 500-650 words, or just the last two points? Do transfer applicants have to address all seven points, or just the last two? I'm a senior at UW, and I can't make sense of this prompt, so how is an applicant supposed to figure it out? Anyone have insight on this?

OK thanks for the responses, I'm pretty sure I've got it figured out now.