This serves as an applicant’s introductory letter and writing
sample. Begin your essay by filling in
the blanks of the following sentence: “I
am applying for the ___________ (Full
Time; Full-Time Leveler; or Part-time Summers-Only) track with an anticipated start semester of
_________ (Summer or Fall), _______ (Year).”
The Personal essay must be written within the parameters specified in
the CSDCAS instructions. The applicant
should address why he or she is a good “match” to the NAU Clinical Speech-Language
Pathology Master’s program given one’s interests, experiences, and
background. An applicant should identify
those factors which she/he believes the Admissions Committee should consider in
reviewing the application.
The Admissions Committee views the essay as an opportunity
to gain information about an individual applicant that is not reflected by the
traditional indicators (GPA, GRE scores, etc.). The essay component is considered quite seriously in terms of the applicant’s
investment in its content, organization, spelling, grammar and attention to
detail. The essay is an essential
vehicle for understanding an applicant’s motivation, professional goals and
specific interests within the profession.
Applicants may choose to
include additional information in the essay that addresses (a) GRE scores, (b)
past performance in school, (c) returning to school after being out of the work
force for a number of years, (d) applicable continuing education, or (d) any
other circumstances (including volunteer work, related health and/or
educational experience, etc.) that applicants view as important for the
Admissions Committee’s consideration.
Inclusion of this type of information is entirely voluntary and is left
to the discretion of the applicant.