While most of the students get used to writing papers by the time they finish high school, they still might struggle with creating a decent personal statement. And is it really so surprising, knowing how important a personal statement is? Being a paper that could either guarantee you getting into the college of your dreams or completely ruin all the chances of it, a personal statement is often dreaded by many.

However, don’t let the weight of responsibility stop you from pursuing your dreams. While you might not have much experience in personal statement writing, you are still able to learn from others. That’s why today I want to tell you 5 important things about personal statement writing that could help you come up with a brilliant paper in the end.

 

1. It’s not your bio.

While the word “personal” indeed stands there for a reason, this still doesn’t mean that this paper has to literally describe everything that happened in your life since the moment you were born. It might seem obvious but a lot of students actually forget that trying to fit all their life into a word limit.

Actually, a personal statement has to show your personality, not the things that happened to you. If you think that describing certain life events can help demonstrate certain qualities, then surely write about them. However, if you feel like this information tells nothing about your skills and personality, then you probably should avoid it.

 

2. It’s an opportunity to provide some additional information.

A personal statement is actually only a part of the informational package the admission board receives. It comes along with your grades, test scores, and other things that can benefit you (for example, notes and proofs of your personal achievements). You should keep this in mind while writing it.

Remember: there’s no need to list the obvious – and the things like grades and diplomas are obvious to the admission board as long as you provide them. Instead, think of a personal statement as of an opportunity to let your voice be heard. Try to catch the readers’ attention and to make them enjoy what they are reading.

 

3. Asking yourself questions might make it easier.

While the admission board doesn’t ask you specific questions before you start writing, they do want to find the answers to certain questions in your writing. That’s why I recommend making a list of these questions before you even move to the writing process.

Here’s what important to describe:

- Why do you apply to a certain college and course?

- What makes you different from the other applicants?

- How are you going to benefit this college?

- Why are you the right candidate for this course?

- What did you achieve outside the classroom?

- Why are these achievements relevant to the chosen course?

Take your time to answer them. Write down the answers if this will make it easier for you. Then think about how you can present these answers right and try doing so.

 

4. You have to avoid clichés at all costs.

If you ever watched videos with college professors talking about personal statement writing, you probably noticed that all of them are talking about clichés. Moreover, they name clichés one of the biggest flaws of personal statements.

The problem is that many students have no idea that they actually use clichés in their writing. There are so many of them and that’s why they are so easy to slip into your personal statement.

Probably the best ways to fight clichés is to make everything simple, without trying to claim how passionate you are about the course, how you’ve been dreaming to master a certain profession since you were a child, and so on. You can also do a small research before you start writing, finding out what are the biggest personal statements clichés and making a list of them. This could definitely help you a lot during the writing process.

 

5. You have to stop thinking about it once you finished writing it.

Yes, a personal statement is very important and you do have to do your best and to put all your efforts into writing it. However, at the same time you have to understand that once you send it to the college, there’ll be nothing more you can do about it.

Some students worry themselves sick, thinking of the ways they could improve it. Don’t be one of them. Sure, waiting is probably the worst part of the process but try to stay positive and remind yourself that you did your best.

Hopefully, these tips will make the whole personal statement writing process more bearable for you and help you focus on the most important points of it. I wish you the best with your writing!