Writing a personal statement can be such a dreadful task. Sometimes you don’t know how to construct your statement or what to include in it. In this guide, we will attempt to provide students who are getting ready to enroll into university with some tips on how to write an excellent personal statement.
What’s a personal statement?
A personal statement is an opportunity for you to tell the university you’re planning to enroll everything that interests you about the university, why you want to study your chosen course or subject and what you wish to achieve after you graduate university. Writing a personal statement can be a distressing task - so here are a few pointers that will help you get started and to ease your journey into writing your statement.
Start your personal statement early.
Give yourself as much time as you can so you have to start preparing your statement early on. Thoughts on what to include in the statement or how to write it will come and go so make sure you jot down notes on these thoughts. The earlier on you start the more notes you’ll have to write your statement.
How to start a personal statement.
The goal of the statement is to capture the attention of the reader, so use a sharp introduction to tell the university who you are. Be positive and show your enthusiasm for studying the course you chose and for enrolling at that university.
What to include in your personal statement.
Now that you have chosen a course or a major, there’s a few things to talk about. Tell the university you’re applying for why you chose that particular major and why you think you’ll excel studying that major. Talk about what you wish to achieve after graduation and why you chose to go for that major at that particular university.
Work experience or hobbies.
Tell the university about any work experiences you’ve had. Also, talk about your interests and passions; the self-learning interest of yours and the books you’ve read. Do you like to do volunteer work? Make sure you list that as well. Include sports activities you enjoy and list any clubs you’re a member of.
How to conclude your statement.
Conclude your statement with your key strength and what you’re good at. Show your excitement for joining that particular university and studying this course. Lastly, you’re only limited to a specific number of words or characters of text, so keep your personal statement concise and to the point. Make sure you run your statement by a teacher or a professor for a second opinion. You don’t want to submit a statement with wrong formatting, spelling or grammar.
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