What is the difference between the statement of purpose and the personal history statement? What should each include?

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In your statement of purpose, please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation fro this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals. Please be specific. Some questions to consider are: • What sparked your interest in psychology? • What have been your academic achievements? • What are your general and specific research interests? • Why would UC Berkeley be a good intellectual fit for you? You also should discuss why you are interested in your emphasis and the specific faculty members you selected. The personal history statement should discuss how your personal background influences your decision to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Please include information on how you have overcome barriers faced by others, evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals ... more
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