How to Write an Effective Personal Statement
Above all, keep calm. This is going to take some time. You want your personal statement to go a long way, right? This is going to take some efforts.
Here is a detailed guide on how to approach writing your personal statement. Follow it step by step, and everything will be okay.
Explore the institution you’re applying to. If you have no access to insider experience (friends, teachers, guest days), at least read their website through. Ask yourself what programs they offer, how they treat students, and how they approach the process in general. Remember that it’s not only them choosing you; it’s also you choosing them.
Read the prompt several times. This stage is very important. You need to answer the question in your personal statement. But first, you need to understand this question. Make sure that everything is clear. For example, if the prompt asks to describe “the world you’re from and how it shaped your philosophy of life”, don’t just give them the settings such as playing in local football team. Tell how this experience taught you to be responsible and what you liked most about it.
Develop an outline. Writing about yourself is often difficult because you have either too much or too little to say. The thoughts get confused, memories come and go. Give your thoughts a clear structure from the very beginning and follow it paragraph by paragraph.
Expand your outline including personal information. This should be about your skills, preferences, learning capability, and relevant extracurricular activities. Also, you will need to explain why this course is right for you and vice versa.
Start your introduction with a hook. The reason why you need it is monstrous quantity of letters lying on your reader’s table. You don’t need to be remembered forever for eccentric phrases (called ‘gimmicks’), but you’d better avoid being boring. It will come naturally. Usually, if something is really interesting to you, you will be telling about it in quite an engaging manner.
End the essay with a thought-out, relevant conclusion. People often repeat what they told in the introduction or the body here. The point is not to repeat or sum up briefly; rather, you need to give your thoughts an interesting logical ending, some valuable conclusion to bear in mind after reading your essay. However, this part needs to be based solely on what you said; totally new information is most unwelcome.
Double-check it. Have someone to proofread your essay and proofread it on your own. The first is to have an alternative opinion. The second is to make sure that the style is natural and there are no catastrophic mistakes.
Are you done with it? Congratulations! Smile and submit your personal statement duly.