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Alexis Smoot

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Name: Alexis Smoot Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Classification/Major: Senior Computer Information Systems major. My Livingstone Journey:  Prior to being recruited to play softball, I had no knowledge of Livingstone College. I am excited to say that if everything goes as planned I will be graduating May 5, 2018, with Honors. I am currently a member of the Livingstone College Honors Program, Alpha Kappa Mu Honors Society, Phi Beta Lambda Business Society, and the Pitcher for Livingstone College Softball Team.  I have been on the Dean’s List, a Merit Scholar, and a President Scholar since my arrival here at Livingstone College. Upon graduating with my Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems, I plan to attend graduate school at Northeastern University to obtain my Masters in Computer Science and a certification in Project Managing with a concentration in Data Analytics. On tutoring: I have been a Writing Tutor for two years. I wanted to be a tutor so I can help students not get lost in the curriculum and become just another statistic. I am in the honors program, and when I arrived here I received proper guidance to help me succeed. All students don’t receive that type of guidance. I am older, wiser, and I have been here at Livingstone since my freshman year, so I want to be able to guide those who need it. Fun fact:  I have been a Lifeguard since I was 15.

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Writing Personal Statements

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Whether you are applying for graduate school, an internship or a scholarship, chances are you will be asked to write a personal statement. These personal essays can range from 250 words up to 1,000 words depending on the opportunity. Regardless of length, here are a few tips to make your personal statement shine: Plan—Take the time to brainstorm your response to the questions given. You want to answer them as thoughtfully and fully as possible using strong examples. Be strategic—Write your essay in sections, being sure to spend time on each of the questions asked. If you are not given questions, try to organize you statement into parts: Biography/Personal Background: Who are you? What events/experiences have defined you or impacted your outlook/decision-making? Professional and personal goals: What are you looking to do in the future? What are your short-term (4-5 years) and long-term (10 or 20 years) goals? Be as specific as possible.   Connections: How will the program/internship/scholarship help you achieve your goals? What about the program/internship/scholarship stands out to you? Show that you’ve done your research and you know that you what outcomes or resources offered by the opportunity are going to benefit you most.   Pitch: Why would you be a good candidate for the role? What will make you an asset to the program or a good fit for the opportunity? Remember that there may be dozens, even hundreds, of people applying for the same position. How do you stand out from the crowd? Get a …