Your Personal Statement is your opportunity to shine so how to write a memorable Personal Statement? First of all, make sure you know exactly what you’re writing! A Personal Statement is an account of your achievements, goals, talents… It’s where you let the Universities know why they should choose you, what your motivations are to pursue this degree and what you aim to do when you reach it!
Your words are powerful and can be the decision breaker when it comes to choosing between you and another candidate. If you show enthusiasm, passion and curiosity about the subject, like you keep up to date with current developments or news, it’s a good start! Make a good first impression and stand out from the other candidates!
Also, you need to write it like it’s a story: with a beginning, a middle part and an ending. This is not your CV! It’s not a list of the things you did, but what you gained from your experiences.
Want some tips to start your letter? Here you have 6 questions you need to answer in your Personal Statement:
1. Why did you apply for this course?
What attracts you to this subject? In what stage of your life you knew you wanted to do this? Why? What inspired you?
2. Why do you want to study in this specific country?
What do you like about this country? The education system? The culture? The employability rates? How do you think the experience in this country will benefit you?
3. Who are you? What can you say about yourself?
What are your main skills and how have you developed them over the years? Do you have any passion? How do you spend your free time? What are your best traits and characteristics?
4. Do you have professional or voluntary experience? Why did you do it?
What have you gained and how can it be applied? (Just for mature students) – What have you been up to since you have left your academic studies?
5. What are your plans for your future?
Where do you see yourself in a few years’ time after completing your course? What are your aims? Do you have a career plan?
6. Why should you be accepted?
What can you say to impress the decision-making team?
Don’t forget to be authentic and unique. Institutes know when you copy, so it’s not worth it! Also, don’t be afraid to give examples of your statements, describe actual situations so the person who is reading can relate to you. It can also make your text easier to read, which is an essential part.
You should never mention the Institutes (unless you’re applying to just one university) but you need to remember that each university or institute may have their own rules, so make sure you respect their word or character limits.
Last but not least, don’t make spelling mistakes! Arrgh, we don’t need to explain this one, right? Nevertheless, we will always check everything before sending it!
By answering these questions and following the tips in this article, you will make sure that your personal statement is complete, passionate and memorable. We really think you’re going to make a really good first impression by following these steps!
What about you? Do you have any tips to write the best personal statement? Let us know!