Applicants are usually very aware of one of the implied questions in the graduate admission process: “Am I good enough?” This is obviously an important question. Any admission committee will be looking for applicants who have demonstrated:
Ask yourself: “Is this program a good fit for me, and am I a good fit for this program?” Admission committees want to make a good match between their programs and the applicants, recruiting students who are not simply smart or talented, but students with scholarly or professional interests that can be pursued successfully within their programs. Applicants should research prospective schools thoroughly so that they know how those programs “match up” with their own intellectual priorities.The job in the statement is not to talk about your intellectual prowess, but rather about your interests and goals! If you do a good job of this, you will demonstrate your intellectual prowess.