Another important role of the PS is that it allows you to explain, although briefly, some information that may not be accurately represented by your transcript or Curriculum Vitae. For example, your GPA might be low because your school places a cap on grades given to students belonging to your major. Another example would be explaining the connection between your undergraduate major and your chosen graduate major, which might seem incongruous at first inspection. For these reasons alone, it is extremely important that you follow a guideline in composing your own PS.
In order for there to be tension in your personal statement, it will help to describe a highly charged incident, part of a particularly difficult period in your life. Whatever it was, you will maintain your reader's interest for that much longer. The example below shows perfect tension and suspense build up _ "When the airmail letter arrived bearing an American stamp, I knew immediately, it was from my university with my degree results, and I tore it open as excitedly as if it were a birthday present. With trembling fingers, I took out the sheets of thin blue paper _ and my heart started to pound as I began to read."