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Organize Your Thoughts

Clear writing is the result of clear thinking. Read the question(s) carefully and decide what you want to say in response.

  • This is a short essay, so be highly selective. Consider which two or three points you wish to impress upon the reader as you answer the questions.

  • Stick to those few points.

  • The statement reflects your priorities and your judgment about what you consider important. The organization of your piece will reflect the organization of your thinking.

  •  Each paragraph should deal with one main idea; each sentence should lead naturally to the next. The logical flow of ideas should be clear, with movement and progression from one sentence to the next throughout the piece.

  •  Write in an active voice, as if you're having a conversation with the graduate admissions committee.   "I am interested?" At Hampshire, my thesis research ?"


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