There are two types of Personal Statement. General and comprehensive statement is often prepared for standard medical or law schools. It gives you liberty to write whatever could expose you the best. Example, tell us about yourself and your goals or why do you want to do this course? The second type asks for the response to either specific or multiple questions. These are mostly prepared by the applicant applying to business, teaching, graduate schools/ organizations/agencies. It gives you less freedom, but still important to be thoughtful and persuasive. Example, tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you and how does it relate to the person you are? Remember, personal statement is not like an ordinary college essay. It is the most formal document to be written by self. If you're determined to write a personal statement, then you need to be skilful in good grammar, strong vocabulary, sentence formation, paragraph formation, editing and summarizing skills, to write an effective piece.
One must be able to provide the officers necessary information as well as give a good impression of their personality. There are some people who find it difficult to write about themselves, as they consider it as boasting. Still, one must mention their positive qualities though they do not feel it much. At the same time, there should not be too much of boasting. The academic officers will evaluate your ability based on the personal statement. Therefore, it must be clear and concise, grammatically correct and error_free. This statement might even form the basis of an interview discussion. So it becomes important for candidates to keep a copy of their statement so that it might be of use at the time of interview. As the personal statements are creative, one must use it to convince the officers why they want to spend three or more years studying the chosen subject at the university.