Personal History (Optional) The purpose of this optional essay is to get to know you as an individual and as a potential graduate student, and to understand how your background will add to the diversity of our school. You may discuss educational, familial, cultural, socioeconomic, or personal experiences or challenges; gender identity; community services, outreach services, first-generation college status or other matters relevant to your decision to pursue graduate education. The statement is optional and should not exceed two double-spaced pages. It should not duplicate the Statement of Academic Purpose. Please proof the document carefully. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot make revisions or corrections.