Your personal statement is one of the most important parts of your application. Schools have a limited amount of scholarship money each each year, and your statement gives them the most personal look at who you are, why you want to attend their school, and why you deserve to be considered.
While the personal statement is a short essay (two pages maximum) it is not something you should put off. Crafting a strong essay takes time, hard work, and a lot of revision.
Your personal statement must answer these questions:
It should be written in a personal style that gives the people reading a look into your life—your personality, your hopes and dreams, perhaps an obstacle you have overcome. We suggest following a process similar to the one listed below to help your statement stand out from the rest.
It's best to have a plan. Spend a week thinking about the story you would like to tell. Make notes about:
Ultimately, the reader wants to know one thing: What makes you you?
Your essay should have three strong parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
Organize and write your statement in a clear, direct manner. Many students find it easiest to write the body first, then think of an engaging introduction that grabs the reader's attention, pulls them in, and makes them want to read the rest. The conclusion should not simply be a summary of what you've already written, but should tie the statement together.
Here are 10 tips to write an admission essay.
1. Study a few essays to get used to it.
2. Variety in sentence length. Try to create sentences which are not to long.
3. Do not start to often with ‘I’.
4. Use words that are usually part of your vocabulary.
5. Tell us something different from what we will read in your other documents.
6. Stay away from specific religions, political doctrines, or controversial opinions.
7. Avoid mentioning weaknesses.
8. Write about your feelings, not only about your actions. (Write out of your heart)
9. Be yourself in your essay. If you are funny, be funny.
10. Try to write as much as possible in the active form.
Leave the essay for a day or two so you can see it with fresh eyes. Come back and rewrite it. Check for spelling. Read it aloud to someone else, and have them read it to you. Listen to the way it sounds, ask yourself if any paragraphs can be stronger, any sentences clearer, and if it tells the reader the story you want him or her to hear: Why you are who you are, and why their university would not be the same without you.