Please answer the following prompts and upload as one document to the Statement section of the Graduate School application.
Personal Statement Prompt (REQUIRED)
Your GPA alone does not convey who you are and why you’re here. The personal statement is an important part of the application that serves as both a writing sample and an opportunity for you to tell us about who you are, your motivators for pursuing a career in speech-language pathology, and how your experiences have influenced your career goals.
In 1000 words or less (12 pt. font, single-spaced), please address the following:
- Identify three characteristics that make you well-suited for a career as a speech-language pathologist.
- Describe the experiences that have shaped your interest in speech-language pathology (personal experiences, field-related experiences, coursework, etc.)
- Describe your career goals in speech-language pathology.
Diversity Statement Prompt (REQUIRED)
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of all people. (https://csd.wisc.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion/). Here we adopt ASHA’s definition of culture and cultural diversity as “ …including but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity (encompasses gender expression), national origin (encompasses related aspects e.g., ancestry, culture, language, dialect, citizenship, and immigration status), race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.”
In 500 words or less (12 pt. font, single-spaced), please describe how your personal perspectives and/or experiences will contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the departmental community and as a speech language pathologist.
If you have distinctive characteristics and/or life experiences, such as obstacles or hardships, that may have impacted your academic performance or other aspects of your application, please address them in a statement of 500 words or less (12 pt. font, single-spaced).