Useful Links:
The Writing Center at Goucher College
Tutors at the Writing Center are helpful in all aspects of the personal statement writing process:  talking with you as you brainstorm ideas, helping you to organize your thoughts, sharing ideas on revisions, and providing feedback on proofreading and grammar.  Working with Writing Center tutors as well as the CDO staff will help you to prepare a stronger personal statement.  For tutors' schedules, follow the link above. 

Admissions Essays
Offers advice on writing personal statements as well as sample admissions essays.

Grad School Sample Essays
Gives several sample essays as well as links to other helpful sites.

Graduate School Statements (from UC Berkeley)
Provides helpful information in crafting a solid personal statement for graduate school admission.

Top Personal Statement Mistakes
An article from the advice center at Peterson's.

Grammar Review Sites (recommended by Goucher's Writing Center):
The Tongue Untied: A Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Style (from the University of Oregon)
Basic Elements of English:  An Interactive Guide to Grammar (from the English Department, University of Calgary)
Guide to Grammar and Writing (from the Capital Community College Foundation)

From, here are several articles of interest:
Brief Introduction to Writing Personal Essays
Can You Finish It?  Concluding Your Essay
Editing Your Essay
How to Write an Introduction to Your Essay
Writing Your Graduate School Statement

CDO Handout:

Personal Statements (MS Word)