Are you thinking about what lies ahead after Wilmington College? Is graduate school in your future?
Below, we have a list of resources for you, both in the Watson Library and online.
Aside from these resources, please let us know if you need any guidance in researching prospective programs, assistance in writing samples, or general help with your application process. We are always here to help!
Test Preparation Materials Available via Watson Library:
(All Local Use Only, physical copies, so we can put them on reserve for our students, all 2019-2022 publication dates except the ones marked 2017)
LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.
LinkedIn Learning is only available to patrons who have a Wilmington Public Library card. Wilmington Public Library cards are available for free at the Watson Library during normal business hours.
To access LinkedIn Learning, you will need to have your WPL Library card number and your PIN (last 4 numbers of the phone number used to sign up for your card).
LinkedIn Learning has the following:
Graduate School - Statement of Purpose
Graduate and professional schools often require some sort of written statement called a "statement of purpose," "personal statement," or "letter of intent" as a part of the application. Some statements require rather specific information about the applicant's intended area of study within their graduate field and others are quite unstructured, leaving the applicant free to address a wide range of matters. The importance of the statement varies from school to school and from field to field.
Determine your purpose in writing the statement
Usually, the purpose is to persuade the admissions committee that you are an applicant who should be chosen. Whatever its purpose, the content must be presented in a manner that will give coherence to the whole statement.
Pay attention to the purpose throughout the statement so that extraneous material is left out. Also, pay attention to the audience (committee) throughout the statement. Remember that your audience is made up of professionals in their field, and you are not going to tell them how they should act or what they should be. You are the amateur.
Determine the content of your statement
Be sure to answer any questions fully. Analyze the questions or guidance statements for the essay completely and answer all parts. Usually graduate and professional schools are interested in the following matters, although the form of the question(s) and the responses may vary:
Determine your approach and style of the statement
There is no such thing as "the perfect way to write a statement." There is only the one that best fits you.
Words and phrases to avoid without explanation
appealing to me
I like it
I can contribute
meant a lot to me