Tips For Personal Statements
Well Christmas is finally here, and time for some much needed rest. While I finished off my essays, my mind was cast back to what I was doing this time two years ago. Now while I often find myself struggling to remember what occurred two weeks ago let alone two years ago (I’m blaming the old age for that one), the events of Christmas 2018 have stayed in my mind, not least because such events helped lead me to this very position I find myself in now: University applications and personal statements. This blog will focus specifically on the latter, as a personal statement is a key part of applications, not least because they tell universities exactly what kind of person you are. Good ones do at least anyway. So what goes into a personal statement, and what does a good personal statement look like? Interesting that such a question should pass through your mind, as that is, coincidentally, exactly the question that I aim to answer with this blog post. So here are some tips to making a personal statement stand out and really portray the best version of the application
Like any important piece of writing, planning what you want to say and write about is key to achieving to successfully. Not only will it mean you get all the key details down in advancement so you’ll be ready to go as soon as you being writing, but you’ll also be able to do it succinctly, which is always much more pleasurable to read. So you’ll get everything across, and you’ll look like a terrific writer.
Don’t Forget the Personal Part
I know its part of the title, but its easy to forget that ‘personal’ needs to go into a personal statement. It’s very easy to get wrapped in the idea that there is a standard for what personal statements should look like, but the problem with that is that they all end up looking and reading the same, in the end all appearing like they came from the same person. Can you imagine how it must feel being the person at the universities reading all those personal statements thinking they’re all from the same person. Enough to make the person deep dive into conspiracy theories, and before they know it they’re living that gif from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. My point is, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Write in your style, or at least a formalised version of your style. Talk about yourself and your interests, as you know yourself best. Which leads me to my next tip…
A thing that has probably been advised against for most of your lifetime, a personal statement is probably one of the few times that a chance will be granted to do so – this or if you ever get the world record for fitting the most amount of pears into your mouth at once. Though considering the slim chance of the person reading this being the person to break the world record for fitting the most amount of pears into their mouth, I’d say a personal statement remains one of the few opportunities. Really gifted at something? Discuss it and show off. Really proud of something? Discuss it and show off. Achieved something amazing that few people have? Like fitting the most amount of pears into your mouth at once? Discuss it and show off.