The majority of student biography sample texts are not essentially complete biographical monographs. They’re instead a sort of sample biography on yourself that deal with how a student got to where they were. Applicants asked for a sample personal biography will make some difficult choices. It’s always hard to decide what exactly to place into a personal biography template. There is only so much room provided by most sample biography template sheets.
What Should You Include in Your Student Biography?
Writing a student biography can be tough, especially if you are at the earlier stages of your education and feel that you have little to actually write about within your bio. However with a little thought you may be surprised as to just how much you may have to write your bio with.
Before you begin your writing however you should consider the actual purpose of your bio; where it is going to be placed and who the likely audience is going to be will affect what you write considerably. A short bio that is included within a department website or other publication may only want basic information such as your name, department and research interests. While a longer one for instance for inclusion within a journal alongside an article may require more in depth information that may include what you have previously published and any awards that you may have gained.
Tips for Writing Your Student Biography
With a little time and careful thought it is not too hard to put your biography together. The following guidance will help you to write a bio that will help you to achieve your aims:
- Check the requirements for the length of your bio and anything that must be included
- Have a clear understanding of the purpose of your bio and who the intended audience is
- Look at bios that are already written for the same purpose to get ideas for your own; do not simply copy however
- Your introduction should include your basic information, like name, institution, etc
- The main body should cover areas such as degrees that you may hold, awards or honors that you have gained, anything that you have published, projects that you are working on currently or intend to work on
- Your closing can include any interesting facts about you, hobbies, or other personal information
- Brainstorm all of the above areas to ensure that you have all of the information required for your bio
- Create an outline as to how your bio should be organized
- Write in the third person (unless asked to write in the first)
- Avoid the use of overly complex or flowery language
- Proofread what you have written very carefully if you want to give a good impression
And remember that your opening line is vital, as Claudine Vainrub says: