The video statement is your handshake with the selection committee. Use your three minutes to highlight the unique events and growth that shaped you as a military leader, how you would use that experience to mentor Vanderbilt students, and how you plan to use your Vanderbilt education to serve society and the nation in the future.
While not prescriptive, consider using the following format for your video statement:
- Introduce yourself: name, hometown, branch of service, what Vanderbilt graduate school you want to attend.
- Speak briefly about your academic record, but only if you feel it is necessary. The Selection Committee has access to your undergraduate degree, institution, grade point average and test scores. It is not necessary to reiterate your academic record, but it is an opportunity to provide influential lessons, context for performance, and your future academic goals.
- Focus your video statement on your military service and the values, discipline and mission focus you learned while serving. As a mentor to and role model for other Vanderbilt students, what would you share with them? Why? Consider using a short vignette from your military experience to illustrate your points.
- Conclude your video statement with how you will use your education to serve society and the nation after graduation.
- Dress professionally
- Use good lighting and acoustics
- Avoid using a script; speak freely from your heart
- Rehearse your presentation
- Have a mentor or trusted friend to review your video statement to provide feedback
- Don’t wait until the last minute