I am a Clinical Associate Writing Professor at New York University, and I teach in the Tisch School of the Art for the Expository Writing Program. Over the past 12 years at the NYU Writing Center, I have guided hundreds of students applying to graduate schools with the various statements required for admissions.
Often students make the mistake of generalizing about their goals and values from the first sentence and espouse the same sinking clichés that characterize the majority of failing essays.
Your essay will tell a vivid story about who you are, show the committee an authentic person who has reflected on how you came to apply to whatever level of education and institution you aspire to. Help your admissions reader move your application into the tiny candidate stack of Yes.