Personal statements are an important component of university applications. It’s your time to show how you’re different from everyone else, other from your birth name and ID. You must persuade your selected university that you are the best applicant and that they should make you an offer right away in some characters. Your personal statement must be excellent because these characters are your only chance. This is fantastic. Here are a few pointers on how to compose a truly exceptional piece.
1- Create a rough draught without using a character counter.
I felt it would be a good idea to start writing with the character counter turned on, so I wouldn’t go over the 4,000-character limit. My first blunder was stressing after 3,500 characters because I was only halfway through my storey. As a result, I disabled the character counter and resumed writing. I ended up with 7,000 characters rather than 4,000, but I had written down all I intended to say and simply needed to eliminate a few words and condense it. That’s a lot easier than trying to fit in additional thoughts while staying under 4,000 characters. The final version, by the way, has 3,999 characters!
2. Please take your time.
Do not rush through it. A great personal statement does not come together in a few hours. Even a couple of days would suffice. It took me almost a month to finish the version I finally submitted. It’s sometimes beneficial to take a break for a few days and then return to it with new eyes.
3. Look for the right words and expressions.
When you say ‘accomplish’ instead of ‘do,’ or ‘presume’ instead of ‘think,’ you sound more professional and sophisticated. It was even more challenging for me as an overseas applicant because English is not my first language, but there are various useful translation and synonym applications on the internet that can help. I largely used Google Translate, which provides a large number of synonyms when translating words from English to another language. However, this synonym exercise should be done with caution, since employing too many fancy words may make your message appear overdone and difficult to understand.
4. Concentrate on what you’re good at.
You’re attempting to sell yourself to the university in these 4,000 characters. It’s all about how fantastic that thing is in a flawless product proposal, and it’s the same with your personal statement. You should write about your personal experiences, knowledge, and goals for the future. You should not write anything like “I wanted to study Spanish but gave up after a week” or “I’m not very good at arithmetic, but I suppose that’s understandable given how much I despise it.”
5. Find the ideal first sentence.
A good first impression is made by starting with something amusing, engaging, uncommon, or surprising. But don’t waste your time trying to conjure up anything amusing in your head. When you’ve spent hours and hours on your personal statement, the perfect starting sentence will just come to you at the most inopportune time. So just wait and don’t second-guess yourself.
6. Make your work, voice, and ideas your own.
I recommend that you don’t read any other personal statements until you’ve completed the first few draughts of your own. It’ll just offer you a misleading impression. You are clearly one-of-a-kind, and following a set of rules or patterns, or following someone else’s ideas, is pointless. This is, after all, about you, not about someone else.
7. Be truthful.
If you can only say “I love you” in Spanish, don’t claim to be fluent in Spanish. If your only example is a trick of carrying five bottles in one hand, don’t claim to be skilled at problem-solving. If you’re good, keep doing what you’re doing. There is no need to project a fake image; the truth will always emerge sooner or later.
8. Have your statement proofread by someone else.
Parents, teachers, friends, foes… the more people you show it to, the more feedback you’ll get, and the better the final version will be. Of course, some advise will be better than others, but it is easier to ask a lot of people at once and then sort it out afterwards.
9. Read it aloud several times.
When I read my personal statement to my family and friends, it was quite helpful. When you’re writing it sentence by sentence, you might not notice that your paragraphs aren’t connected. When you read it out loud, though, all of the ambiguous parts will magically surface, allowing you to rectify them.
10. Stop reading your university application once you’ve submitted it!
After you’ve turned it in, I recommend avoiding reading it for a few months. It’s understandable if you don’t think it’s as good as you thought it was. The worst part of the procedure (much worse than filling out the application form…) is waiting to hear from universities. You’ll know that your application was excellent the way you delivered it once you get the offer you sought (which I’m sure you will!).
Be yourself and write about your experiences honestly. Because you are who you are, and institutions are interested in you not in ideal text of your applicatio.
Final Words are “Be Truthful always”