WRITING A PERSONAL STATEMENT
If you've decided to advance in your
studies and go to college or graduate school, you will have to write a
personal statements for your applications as well as scholarships. A
personal statement is a unique part of the school application that is
used by the admissions team to evaluate your writing and critical
thinking skills. While this may seem like a daunting task, if you want
to get into a college or university and earn scholarships, you will have
to be able to draft a personal statement that will convey your
intentions as a student and professional. Here are some helpful tips for
writing a personal statement.
Plan Ahead to Give Yourself
Adequate Time to Write Your Personal Statement.
This is where many students start off
on the wrong foot. In order to write an effective personal statement or
letter of intent, you will need to start planning weeks in advance.
Writing the personal statement can be one of your toughest challenges,
but by giving yourself enough time to research and formulate what you
want to say, your work will be much better than if you rushed to try to
put something together in a couple of hours.
Get Feedback and Support from
When writing your personal statement,
consider getting the support and feedback of others who have gone
through the process. Check with your high school or college advisors,
professors or the writing lab available at your school. Get examples of
well-written personal statements and review them carefully to come up
with a master plan for writing yours. Once you have written something,
submit it for critique and then be prepared to make the corrections
needed to make it shine.
Keep Your Personal Essay
Simple and to the Point.
The biggest mistake that many students
make when trying to write a personal statement is writing a piece that
is too complicated or wordy. Avoid using big words and run-on sentences,
as they will make it difficult to get your message across. Use words
that flow naturally, and be sure to read your essay outloud several
times to make sure it makes sense.
Follow the Guidelines for Your
Your college should provide written
guidelines to follow when writing a personal statement. If the college
states one to two pages, do not exceed these limits. If you are required
to use double-spaced lines, be sure to format your text accordingly. By
all means, check your paper for spelling and grammatical errors. The
results will be much more favorable for you if you understand and
complete your personal statement according to these guidelines.
Oh.and have a great time at the school
of your choice!!!