About the event:

To celebrate International Education Week, WES Advisor is hosting a webinar on an essential component of the U.S. college and university application process: the personal statement.

Writing a personal statement, also referred to as a personal essay, is typically a requirement for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral program applications, as well as scholarship and financial aid applications.

For international students, especially those who are non-native English speakers, the personal statement can be a challenge to write.

In this webinar, we discuss how to craft a strong personal statement that will impress admissions officers and scholarship review committees.

This webinar is intended for international students applying to colleges and universities in North America, or anyone simply looking to improve their writing skills in English.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • Tips for writing a personal statement
  • Common mistakes to avoid when writing a personal statement
  • Different essay formats
  • How to structure a personal statement



Mariel S. Tavakoli

EducationUSA Student Advisor, Czech Fulbright Commission

Mariel, a WES Ambassador, is an EducationUSA Student Advisor at the Czech Fulbright Commission in Prague. She is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford, where her research focused on the challenges facing international students writing personal statements for undergraduate applications to universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Morgan Volkart

Associate Vice Provost for Western Region and International Recruitment, Lehigh University

Morgan Volkart, M.Ed., is the Associate Vice Provost for Western Region and International Recruitment at Lehigh University. She provides leadership and execution to meet or surpass enrollment goals for Lehigh on the west coast of the U.S. and internationally, which has included travel to more than 40 countries to recruit and reading over 1,000 applications and essays every year.


Kelly Acheson

Digital Content Producer, WES Advisor

Kelly is the Digital Content Producer at World Education Services. She is the host for many WES Advisor webinars and manages the WES Advisor Blog.