Washington State University Tri-Cities Student Services

Academic Reinstatement

Tips For Completing the Personal Statement

Your personal statement is crucial in considering your application for reinstatement to the University. Without a complete and thorough personal statement it will not be possible to give your application complete consideration. Refer to Guidelines for Writing the Personal Statement.

Please respond to each of the following, as they apply, in a separate document. Handwritten Personal Statements will not be accepted.

  1. Why were you academically deficient in your last semester at WSU?
  2. What is your plan to be successful in future semesters?
  3. Talk about the major you are planning to pursue and give an understanding of your major requirements.
  4. If you are close to graduating, discuss your future goals and how they relate to your major.

General Guidelines

  • The personal statement must be completed by the reinstatement applicant. It must be typed. Handwritten personal statements will not be accepted.
  • Carefully compose and proofread your personal statement. The quality of your writing, organization, content, spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important in presenting your strongest possible case for reinstatement.
  • When writing your answers, declarations of good intentions are not sufficient. Read the suggestions below to help you write strong answers to each question on the reinstatement application.
  • The recommended length for your personal statement is two to three typed pages.

Personal Statement Questions and Suggestions for Answers

Read the suggestions below for information that can be included in your answers. Discuss the items that relate to your situation. You are not limited to these suggestions, nor do you need to address all of the suggestions listed. Provide the information that helps you make your strongest case for reinstatement.
  • Clearly state the challenges you encountered this semester.
  • Discuss obligations you had during the previous semester that impacted your grades. You may include in your personal statement a discussion of circumstances (such as personal or family illness, familial or cultural barriers, work and financial issues, or other factors) that may have affected your academic record. Discuss the options you considered in the decisions you made regarding these personal circumstances.
  • Discuss your class attendance and participation, as well as any additional resources you used.
  • For International Students: Discuss any special challenges you faced while studying at WSU.
  • Explain how your circumstances have changed to allow you to be successful. Continuing personal issues may need to be resolved before you will be able to be academically successful.
  • Review your previous academic record (including grades or test scores) and note items that are an accurate predictor of your future academic performance. Discuss why you believe you are now academically prepared to be successful at WSU Tri-Cities. Describe your plan to be consistently successful at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
  • Discuss your plans to improve your class attendance, number of hours per week you feel you need necessary to study outside of class and support services that might be helpful. Be specific.
  • Discuss changes you have made to your life style that will allow you to be more successful in the future.
  • For International Students: Describe your plan to overcome any special challenges.
  • Explain why you chose your current major, and how you plan to be academically successful in this major. If you have changed your intended major, discuss why. Consider your academic strengths and weaknesses as they relate to your major.
  • Consult the WSU Catalog online for requirements for each major. Also visit the web site for your intended major and review the information available. You should also review a DARS report for your proposed major.
  • Be sure you have a clear understanding of the requirements for your major. Does your major have selective requirements for certification? Address how you plan to meet those selective requirements.
  • If you need to repeat classes for your major, it is very important that you explain how you will now successfully complete those classes.
  • If you are certified in your major, consider including a letter of support from your major department and/or your advisor. You may be decertified by the department if you are academically deficient under any regulation.
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