Writing your personal statement
can be daunting, and the hardest
part is getting started.
Here are five ways to start writing.
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1. Remember your audience. Admissions officers spend generally five minutes or less on your personal statement and read about 40 to 50 essays a day. Your essay needs to grab their attention and stand out immediately.
2. Show your ability to succeed. Admission officers are looking for people that will be successful students. Show them right away that you are a good fit for the program and the profession.
3. Show your motivation. Most people applying to college want to go, but not all of them can articulate why. Explain to the admissions committee why you want to go to their school, not just the fact that you want to go.
4. Focus on “soft skills.” Admissions officers are looking for empathy, compassion, sincerity, and people skills. These are not readily apparent from grades and scores, so emphasize those attributes in your essay.
5. Be truthful and personal. Admissions officers read so many essays that they can immediately detect when someone is being insincere or is writing from a template. You need the essay to reflect who you are.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to write your personal statement that shines.
5 Ways To Start Your Personal Statement
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