Tips on Writing a Personal Statement

Personal statements are basically essays that express who you are, as well as your goals and aspirations for the future.  Personal statements may be used for scholarship applications, grad school applications, college applications, and sometimes even for jobs.  Here's some tips on how to write a unique essay.

1) Write with engaging and emotional language.  Personal statements should not be written in a way that you would write an essay for your English class.  They should have very engaging, enthusiastic, and conversational tones that reflect the person you are.  Personal statements are meant to be read more like a novel that you would read for pleasure, as opposed to an informative text.

2) Discuss your passions.  Your passions strongly define the person you are, so discussing this is a must, in order for the reader to understand who you are.  Furthermore, your passions can quickly strengthen your essay, because these are things that you can talk the most about, while enjoying the writing.  Talk about passions in terms of your past experiences and future goals.

3) Use vivid examples.  Use very elaborately detailed examples that are pertinent to the topic of the essay.  For example, if the personal statement topic asks about future goals, you might want to give a few examples of specific events in which you discovered your purpose in life, or a time when you were working towards said goal.  Vividly describe the settings and occurrences.

4) Keep it concise.  Even if there is a word limit, you do not need to write up to that point.  Simply be sure that you can convey everything the topic asks for.  If it happens to be far under the word limit, but all the necessary details are present, you do not need to keep writing.

5) Discuss what makes you unique.  More than likely, you will be among a pool of many other applicants, and you will need to stand out in order to be accepted into the program you are applying to.  This may include hobbies or talents that you have, and conveying how they have influenced the person you are.

6) Discuss influential hardships and experiences.  
Discuss how obstacles and experiences have contributed to your growth as a person.  If you are applying to a school, this may also be the time to talk about why some of your grades aren't the greatest, if that is the case.  For example, if your grades dropped because you were going through an emotional time, you can talk about that, as well as how that experience made you a stronger person.  In addition to hardships, you can also talk about positive experiences' influence on you.  For example, you can talk about organizational and assertiveness abilities if you had a leadership position for an organization.

I hope this helps, and good luck on your future endeavors!


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