Leading by example, this article gets straight to the point. No superfluous text or tales, just seven crucial steps on how to write a personal statement for university applications.
1. Clarity from the Kick-off
Your personal statement will be short, normally no more than a full page. So make every word count. The first sentence is vital. Be accurate, brief and clear by stating the course being applied for and what has motivated you to apply.
If you are currently studying in a similar field, mention this expressly as this demonstrates your suitability right from the start.
2. Fitting In
By now the course admissions officer knows what and why, so it’s time for who. Provide details of your personal achievements, ticking off the course criteria often contained in the university’s course prospectus (this is a great guide to follow!), and confidently outline why you are suitably prepared for this academic step.
Read up on the course in depth. Having done so, exhibit your detailed knowledge of what the course will entail and, more importantly, expressly why you are capable of meeting its challenges.
3. Extra-curricular can be Extra Interesting
If you’ve taken your interest in your subject outside the library, then show this off. Perhaps you attended a conference or study session, wrote a newspaper or journal article or even visited the country or region of study…
4. Be Super, not Superfluous
However, do not be tenuous. Work experience or summer schools are well worthy of a mention, but the admissions officer won’t be impressed by who you follow on Twitter or the pages you like on Facebook. Make sure it’s relevant.
Do not merely list your skills; use examples of when these skills have demonstrated always in relation to the course you have applied for.
5. The Power of Positivity
There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but a fairly noticeable one between positivity and negativity. Be assertive, forget about “I could” and tell the admissions officer what you WILL do. You don’t need to lie to talk up your strengths: you are a strong candidate, so express that self-belief throughout your statement.
6. Transferable Skills
Most of your statement will be specific to the particular course. However, some attributes are vital in all disciplines. Provide examples of when you have shown leadership qualities, teamwork, organizational skills under pressure, as well as a knack for working independently.
7. Seek a Critique
What you have written in your statement should be of great interest and relevance to you, but your opinion here is less significant. Straight-talking friends are your best weapon. Use their bluntness to your advantage, and get them to critique your statement.
Better still, have the statement professionally proofread by ALBA EDITING, who have read thousands of such statements and will be unreserved in their criticism to the overall benefit of your statement.
And don’t expect perfection at once. Most successful applications will include a personal statement that has been revised or even rewritten several times.
By following these simple but often neglected seven steps, you can make the best possible next step on your career path.