The short essay provides me with an opportunity to tell them what interests me about Statistics, what your goals are, and what I hope to accomplish in my graduate studies. There is no need to tell them more about your grades, test scores, and coursework in my essay—my transcript and other supporting material will provide this information. Instead, I should use the Candidate Statement as an opportunity to tell them about aspects of myself that are not apparent from my transcript, such as extracurricular projects I have completed, work experience I have had, and so on. If I have completed graduate work elsewhere, my statement should include my reasons for wanting to change institutions or degree programs. This part of my statement is essential if I have completed more than two years of graduate study at other institutions.