Personal Statement

The purpose of a personal statement is to show the admission committee what makes the client unique and different from other applicants. Writer's job is to display customer's distinct personality and provide evidence that confirms his/her passion and desire for the subject and the school. The structure and organization of the personal statement is the following.

Introduction:

The introduction is the most important part of the essay, especially the first sentence. The first sentence can say a lot about the content and format of the essay. It should be unique and compelling, possibly thought-provoking or attention-grabbing. The sentences following the first sentence should provide a brief explanation that supports the claim stated in the first sentence. Keep the reader interested by making them continue to read your essay after reading the first paragraph.

First sentences may explain your desire to study the subject of interest or discuss the motivation that influenced your desire to study the subject of interest. State it in a creative manner.

The Body:

The body should include several paragraphs (usually about 3) that provide detailed evidence to support the statement made in the introductory paragraph. Each paragraph should have a resolution, which ends each paragraph with a meaningful sentence that provides a transition to the next paragraph. Experiences, accomplishments, or any other evidence that can support your claims should be included in the body. Future Goals should also be mentioned in the body. A short summary of client's educational background can be discussed in the 1st paragraph. Personal experiences and the reasons for wanting to attend the school can be discussed in the 2nd paragraph.

Do not repeat what was stated in the application. The last paragraph should explain why you should be accepted.

Conclusion:

The conclusion is the last paragraph of the personal statement where you need to state why you are interested in studying the subject of interest. State the key points mentioned in the body, such as client's experiences or accomplishments that explain his/her interest in the subject. State it in a conclusive and brief manner.

End on a positive note with one or two attention-grabbing sentences. It is crucial that your paragraphs have transitions and resolutions. Transitions start a paragraph by providing a statement that suggests the theme for that paragraph. This allows the reader to be aware of the direction the essay is heading in.

Transitions connect paragraphs to other paragraphs (usually preceding paragraphs), which make the essay to flow smoothly. Resolutions, on the other hand, are statements that end paragraphs and allow for transition to the next paragraph. The resolution should not be a general statement but rather a meaningful one that connects facts included in the current paragraph. Both transitions and resolutions are beneficial in terms of making your essay clear and understandable.

Useful tips:

  • Answer all the questions being asked.

  • Provide evidence to support your claims.

  • Make your introduction unique.

  • Write clearly and make sure it is easy to read.

  • Be interesting and positive.

  • Make sure your essay is organized, coherent, and concise.

  • Write about examples from client's own life experiences.

  • Use a mixture of long and short sentences.

  • Discuss customer's future goals.

  • Mention hobbies, past jobs, community service, or research experience.

  • Speak in the first person (I...).

  • Discuss why you're interested in the school and/or program.

  • Show don't tell (Use examples to demonstrate your abilities).

  • Proofread and revise the statement at least 3 times.