Conducting background research from related sites This entails a visit to the Web site of your chosen school and other relevant Web sites from which you might glean information. The main purpose of conducting research is to ensure your essay will meet ALL the requirements of your chosen school in terms of word count and content, and that you will be able to zero in on the qualities they are looking for in an applicant and include these in your essay.Identifying a basic idea or theme
It is important to put yourself in the shoes of the Admissions Officer: why would your personal statement be unique, how are you different from the other candidates? Primarily you need to decide how you will divide your personal statement into digestible chucks. The most obvious way is to divide into paragraphs of 100 words. If you aim for between 500 and 600 words at most, it will help your admission officer when they have to read thousands of personal statements to find the perfect student.