Personal statement guidelines

Usually when you are applying for some competitive scholarships you need to write a personal statement, which should reflect your personality, your intellect, describe your plans for particular course and also show that you are potential winner of the scholarship.

When you start writing the personal statement you should think about the content, which is the most important. You need to start your writing with:

  1. Introduce yourself. Start writing about yourself, introducing who you are, your short biography, but remember, really short, as committee will be bored listening it for too long, write just few sentences.
  2. Your interests. You may write here about your most passionate interests, also include interest in particular subject and indicate reasons.
  3. Outside activity. It would be great if you tell how do you spend your free time that is relevant with the course. Maybe you have read some books or took part in some competition or completed some online courses, that refer to particular course. Also it would be good if you indicate some of your responsibilities at school.
  4. Gained skills. When writing about some outside activities, it is important to indicate what skills have you gained during it, as the committee should see that you are willing to study and interested in your course.
  5. Career plans. In this paragraph you should indicate about your future plans and your goals about your career, what will you do after you enter the University, what will you do after you graduate, and what do you want to reach in your profession, as committee wants to see that you are serious about your intentions and this is your future.
  6. Show yourself. In the end of the personal statement you should reassure the committee that you are that person that they should choose and why. Give them really good reasons.

When you already know what to indicate in your personal statement and have already a plain text, you should now organize it and give it a structure. First of all you should check the guidelines that university gives, if some, you should make sure to follow it, to answer all the questions that indicated and pay attention to the word limit. If there are no guidelines, than remember that personal statement in general should not have more than 4,000 characters, that is why you need to make sure you include all the information you want shortly and it also should be relevant to each other. Make sure to include introduction and conclusion , and to sum up everything in the end. Bold or italics are not allowed.

And in the end, we will give you few tips to make your personal statement better:

  • Your statement should be personal, write about your experience, your intentions, as it is clear to see when you copy. Even though you are applying for different universities, do not handle the same statements, write it to particular university, as administration may see that it is too general and may suit to any case.
  • Indicate only this information in your statement, that you are ready to talk in your interview.
  • Stay positive in your writings, show your interest.
  • Impress. It is known that first impression is the most important and you should try to make your fist impression.
  • Proofread your statement. Make sure there are no grammatical mistakes, as believe me the impression will be not good from it and your chances may decrease drastically.

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