4. HAVE AN ENGAGING OPENING. Given the limited time committee members have to initially review each packet and read each personal statement, an interest_catching opening is essential, playing off the unified theme you have decided on. Choose a quote which sums up a hurdle overcome or an attitude which has brought you success in the past. Begin with an anecdote, a brief personal story which serves as a lead to your ambition and drive to follow in a mentor's or family member's footsteps. Ask a question, one which frames a hobby or a major life event that has set you on the path to medical school. Whichever opening you choose, it should be professional rather than chatty, and more importantly, get immediately to the heart of whatever it is about yourself you are highlighting. You have a limited number of characters at your disposal ), so setting the scene with your introduction should use up very little space. We all tend to be taken by personal stories, but the point is how your story leads directly to those characteristics that medical schools will feel best fit their program and faculty.
For prospective law students a big part of being successful with your application is writing a good personal statement. It can make or break your application so don't skip over this part of the process. _ Firstly some brief advice on writing your personal statement. This should be followed whether you're making applications to Oxford or Cambridge, or just a foundation year course at a university out of the top 100. _ What points should a law personal statement put across? Your personal statement should tell your future law school why they should admit you onto the course. For this you need to do two things: _ Give them reasons to admit you. _ Don't give them reasons not to admit you. So you need to demonstrate that you hold some key legal skills and you have a real passion for the law. A law school doesn't want drop_outs. So be honest and genuine about why you want to study the law. Do you want a challenge? Do you think you're good at it? Do you want to become a solicitor? Tell them. As for point number 2, you simply can't give them reasons to decline your application. Even if you have good academics, a personal statement riddled with errors could really mess up your application. So all that needs to be in a personal statement for law is reasons the law school should admit you. Talk about your skills, work experience, hobbies, interests and ambitions in an eloquent manor and you should be fine. Now read our top 5 tips.