Personal Statement


By Iv Chan Ratanak, year-four student at IFL

“… it reflects your personality and self-image.” And, “……the admission tutors are looking for a potential, understanding, independent and contributive candidate who sees his study really useful and meaningful,” said by Iv Chan Rattank.

PERSONAL statement refers to the statement you use to introduce yourself to the university you are applying for; it reflects your personality and self-image. Unlike writing an essay, producing a good personal statement is not an easy task. Without some useful tips, writing a good personal statement would be somehow a total difficulty. In order to produce, say, a good personal statement, a careful consideration should be paid on a number of things: what to do before writing, what to be included in the writing, tips for good writing and what to do after writing.

Before you start to write your personal statement, you should consider doing a bit of research about the university you are planning to apply whether on website or with prospectuses of the university. You should also spend some time reading entry profiles for the course you are choosing and keep asking yourself following questions. Who are the admission tutors? What kind of students are they looking for? What kind of knowledge does the course require? And what are the transferable skills needed to complete the course? Generally speaking, the admission tutors are looking for a potential, understanding, independent and contributive candidate who sees his study really useful and meaningful.

Knowing what to be included in your personal statement is simply another key to success in writing a good personal statement. It’s really convincing if you could prove that you are really committed, hardworking and tolerant when you happen to be selected. The university tutors are not looking for a person who is likely to drop his study after one or two years. An ability to work under pressure, to cope with the demand required for completing the course and to adjust to very new environment should also be taken into deep consideration.

Also, you should remember to include all reasons related to major choosing, your impression about the university, and especially your high level of potentiality and uniqueness. Additionally, qualification, personal experience or skills attained in relations to the field you are applying for, achievements or prizes you have won so far, your academic record and past performances are backbone of a good personal statement. Especially you should be ready to tell them how long you have been interested in the field, what really stimulates your interest, and remember to list supportive references.

Putting the right things into your statement alone doesn’t mean it would make a complete sense. Some tips would function as a guide for a meaningful personal statement. There should be a clear cut between what you should and should not do with your personal statement. A good writing should be started strong and interesting because the tutors will only continue reading your paper when the first one or two sentences hook their attention. Keep in mind to always entertain reader until the last sentence. Starting the sentence with “I” is not recommended since it looks boring and too personal. Besides, one should also be noticed that the university doesn’t need a liar, so you must avoid plagiarizing or including unreliable information.

Being enthusiastic and positive is also an advantage. You should write something to show that you are really pleased to take the course and have a positive opinion towards the subjects you are taking. Especially, you should also be selective. This means you are supposed to write whatever information which is relevant. In other words, try not to introduce too much detail. A variety of sentence structure can also make your personal statement look more colorful – use it. If possible, you should not make jokes with your statement, and any political viewpoints should be omitted. A good personal statement writer should bear in mind that he is writing to introduce who he is to the university. Hence, he should make it personal and specific – do not just list the points, but explain them clearly.

Ending your personal statement strong and meaningful is somehow important. A good conclusion should summarize what you have said and talk positively about the course you are willing to take. Once you have completed the first draft of your personal statement, so what you have to do now is to read, edit and have someone check your personal statement repeatedly.

For the last word, you must not keep your personal statement until the last moment and use your last minute to write it because it would be really useless. A good personal statement can give you half a chance to win the scholarship so you must use your best to produce it.

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