"Tips on How to Write a Personal Statement - DOC"
Tips on How to Write a Personal Statement: 1. Remember, this is a personal statement; there is no one way to do it! 2. The personal statement is your interview for the admissions committee. What do you want them to know about you that they don’t already know from your GPA, résumé, exam scores, or letters of recommendation? 3. Do not try to develop a “new” or “creative” writing style that is not your own. You’ve been writing a certain way for the last four years; do what you know! 4. Think: THEME! What is the overriding goal, statement, idea, message, or thought that you are trying to get across to the committee? Have only one theme. You can have multiple anecdotes or derivations from that theme, but the theme is the heart of the story. 5. Have a strong introduction that lays out what you will attempt to tell the reader. Hook them in! 6. Finish Strong! Too many good personal statements go bad with little or no concluding paragraph. “And that is why I want to go to (insert school name here)” does not qualify as a good conclusion. This is the last thing they will read about you in this personal statement; make sure it is memorable! 7. When editing your statement, print it out! How does it look on paper? Is it readable or is the font too small, spacing not large enough, etc. It is much easier to find typos and other obvious mistakes when you are looking on paper instead of at a screen. 8. Your best friend knows you well. Let him/her review your statement. Heck, let lots of people look at your statement. The following should read your statement: career counselor (Michael Cronk), a professor (if they have the time), a writing center tutor, and the best friend. 9. Do not rush the personal statement. This is a process, not a paper. It will take multiple drafts and revisions to get it right. While getting it right is important, getting it perfect is impossible!