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    Posted: 28 Nov 2017 at 6:54am
A personal statement for college can become either a powerful tool or your disadvantage, depending on how you’re going to write it. But, of course, writing a personal statement is no easy thing for many students. It can affect your life greatly, it is very important – and so incredibly hard to craft. When you feel so much pressure, focusing on writing and delivering the best result possible can be challenging.

That’s why the best way to write a strong personal statement is to put your emotions away for some time and focus on writing. It’s even better to create a strategy for writing that will describe each step of the process. This way you’ll always know what to do next to deliver the best result you can.

So if this seems appealing to you, here are 5 things you need to keep in mind while creating your strategy.

1. Focus on who will read your personal statement.

Sure, students know that it’s the admission officers that are going to read their statements – but they rarely keep this in mind during the writing process. However, it’s extremely important. There are different colleges and different departments, so it isn’t surprising that all the admission officers will be looking for different qualities and paying attention to different aspects of your personal statement. Keeping this in mind can help you tailor your writing to a specific college and department, focusing on the things that matter to them.

2. Tell them something they don’t know yet.

Though a personal statement often helps the admission board make their final decision about whether to accept a student or not, it isn’t viewed separately – only as a part of your «admission package». That’s why you shouldn’t repeat things that are already in that package, such as your extracurricular activities, for example. Instead, you should use this opportunity to add something to the picture by describing those aspects of your life the admission board doesn’t know about yet.

3. Let them hear your voice.

Just like we’ve said in the previous tip, a personal statement is a great opportunity to show who you are, to let the admission board hear your voice. This is exactly why you should be careful when looking at someone else’s personal statements, be it online examples or statements written by your friends.

While checking out the others’ writing can indeed help you, it can also distract you a lot, even if you work on topics for opinion essay . Always keep in mind that while you can follow the example’s structure, you shouldn’t mimic its style or focus on the same points – otherwise, you risk delivering a statement that looks just like many others. You are unique – let this show in your statement.

4. Remember that balance is important.

It’s the overdoing that ruins a lot of great personal statements. When you know that you need to highlight certain features or aspects of your life, it’s easy either to get into too many details or to emphasize these things too much.

Presenting your positive sides isn’t equal to bragging and exaggerating. Telling how a certain challenge has changed and shaped you in a positive way isn’t equal to sounding like you want to be pitied. However, it’s too easy to turn one thing into another, so be careful.

5. Once you finish it, stop worrying about it.

If you do this properly, the whole personal statement writing process will take some time – probably even a lot of time. After all, a strong statement isn’t written over a day: you should start with a first draft, then develop it until you’re satisfied with the result, then put the paper away for some time, return to it, and polish it. But after you’ve finished with the polishing and send your personal statement to the college or colleges, the best you can do for yourself is forget about it for some time.

There’s one mistake most of the students make: they keep thinking of how they could improve their statement, keep worrying about the mistakes they’ve made, and so on. But the thing is that after your paper is sent, there’s nothing you can do – only worry yourself sick, which is definitely not a good option. So just as you had to do your best to distract yourself from thoughts and worries at the beginning of the process, you need to do this after you’re done with your statement as well.

We hope these tips will be useful to you and wish you good luck with your personal statement writing!

Edited by RichardNolan553 - 28 Nov 2017 at 6:57am
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