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Personal Statement Tips for Beginners

During the college admission season, most students are usually asked to tackle one of the most confusing and critical parts of the application process. And that’s the personal statement. The personal statement is a critical application component where students have control.

It gives them a unique opportunity for professors to know more about them. While personal statements use predetermined prompts, they are usually broad. And this allows students to write about anything they want so long as it is related to the essay at hand.

Importance of the Personal Statement

When students think about the requirements needed for them to get admitted to college, the one thing that usually comes to mind is tests and good grades. While these factors are critical, you should also consider other elements that are not quantified easily such as recommendations, essays, and extracurricular activities.

When written properly, the personal statement will give professors a chance to see who the student is and how he or she communicates. A great personal statement might not guarantee admission but I can positively affect your application. You shouldn’t take personal statements lightly since they can determine your future. Students need to read good essays by to promote themselves. Here are a few simple tips that beginners can use to learn how to write a statement.

1.      Brainstorm topics

To reveal something great about yourself, you need to have an original and relevant topic. While Personal Statement questions are important, it’s up to you to go for a personal topic that is related to the prompt that you choose. Take your time to think about what matters to you and the events that have shaped you. Think about the things that ignite your interest. Do not just go for an obvious topic. Instead, think of experiences and events that are unique and have affected you positively.

2.      Reveal something about yourself

Most students struggle when it comes to writing personal statements. While attempting to show passion or specialty, most students become redundant and spend most of their time repeating what they’ve just said in the application. Instead of explaining the obvious, take the opportunity to give insights to the admissions office. Think of how your religion affects how you study or how an event shaped your personality.

3.      Be mindful of your tone and words

Your personal statement shouldn’t be loaded with complex words and sentences. You should also write the way you usually speak. With that in mind, don’t be afraid to try new things. Your personal statement should demonstrate your writing skills. Therefore, take your time to craft an essay that conveys your voice and story. You should also avoid redundant phrases or words that don’t add value.

4.      Find a good opening sentence

You should consider starting with something interesting, funny or unusual to get a good first impression. However, you shouldn’t try to squeeze a joke that is irrelevant. A good opening sentence will come to mind randomly once you start working on your statement. Don’t spend a lot of time overthinking it.

5.      Take your time

Don’t be in a hurry to complete your essay. A good personal statement cannot be ready in a few hours. Or even one day. You need a couple of days or even months to write a good statement. Sometimes, you’ll need to take a break for a couple of days to come back with fresh ideas.

6.      Practice

It’s rare for a first draft to be perfect. Similar to most things in life, the more you practice, the more you get better. Write as much as you can. When it comes to writing essays, practice that also. After writing your first draft, revise and revise. Most of the time, it takes several drafts before your personal statement can demonstrate your writing skills.

7.      Avoid procrastination

A great essay is not usually written in one day. You need to start working on your personal statement as early as you can. By doing this, you’ll tackle the most difficult work and get enough time to proofread and edit your work.

Procrastination is the number one killer of productivity. To avoid procrastination, create a schedule before you start working on your personal statement. And most importantly, be disciplined. Remember, most of the worst things usually happen during the eleventh hour. Do your best to avoid the last-minute rush.


After submitting your personal statement, do not continue reading it for weeks or months. Reading your essay after submission might make you feel like you didn’t do your best. You need to be patient after completing and submitting your essay.

Remember that your essay was perfect when you submitted it. To summarize, you need to embrace your personality and write honestly about the unique experiences that you’ve faced in your life. Use your voice and avoid complex words and sentence structures. When you start following the tips that we’ve discussed, you’ll automatically join the one percent who excel in their studies.

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Judy Nelson is a talented proofreader and writer. She is interested in painting, literature, and physics. She loves drawing and exercising during her free time.

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Dylan Roberge

Dylan Roberge is a San Francisco-based writer and editor with over a decade of experience covering money saving and deal hunting. Before going freelance, he got his start as an editor at Yahoo Finance. These days he writes about mobile, tech gadgets, and lifestyle subjects for a variety of publications.