If you have any blemishes in your application, such as low test scores, criminal convictions or poor grades, think carefully before you offer a rationale. If you were to survey career coaches and faculty, some would advise you to describe anomalies because, if you do not, you leave it open to imagination. Others, however, would only encourage you to share details if the graduate program requests it. Advisers on this side of the camp fear that graduate programs may perceive such descriptions as potential liabilities or excuses, especially if your grades were repeatedly low. For example, while committee members may empathize if you reveal that you struggle with test anxiety, they may still question your ability to succeed. Most graduate programs entail tests, and many occupations require individuals to pass licensing examinations before they can enter the fields. Applicants’ inability to perform in this arena may jeopardize the professional standing of the institution.
Some people have used the term “educational conscience”, to describe the purpose of college studies. Every individual that I have spoken to describes a gradual and complete change in viewpoint about the world after completing a higher education. It expands our knowledge of what is happening around us as well as teaches us to analyze our world and society from a critical viewpoint. My aspirations to enroll in your program are based on the desire to expand my horizons, reach out to newer ideas, learn about the world around so that I can formulate an individual opinion and contribute to our society. Knowledge alone by itself cannot have any significant impact on your life or on that of others. Only by applying that knowledge to a particular goal, idea, action or thought and dedicating oneself to achieving something from life, will there be a meaningful and powerful result. One could also theoretically apply knowledge to a variety of different ends, either selfish, constructive, professional or other goals, but my desire is to take the courses that will propel me towards my career studies might be associated with certain value ideologies, but I think everyone needs a code of ethics that they can follow. There is more to acting morally than just signing off on release forms when filling out sheets for a sociology class. I realize I need to do everything I can to uphold a policy of academic honesty and that is precisely what I intend to do while I attend college.