An excellent introduction _ The first goal of any PS is to generate a compelling lead and engage the readers. Start with a powerful selling point to catch the reader's (usually an admission officer) eye. Given the high volume of application submissions, admission officers generally give each personal statement a quick scan before separating the outstanding submissions for a more thorough reading. Therefore, it is extremely important for the personal statement, specifically the lead, to be compelling and unique. This means that your words need to be short and punchy. The members of an admissions committee pore over thousands of submissions on a daily basis. From these, only a handful will catch their attention from the outset. They do not have the time to go over each of these essays, thus an essay's introduction should be arresting enough to make the readers want to continue reading on. An excellent introduction is therefore crucial if you wish your essay to stand out from the rest. In the next section, we will present ways to achieve an excellent introduction and some samples to demonstrate these.
The very first step to begin with is to read all the questions thoroughly to see if there are overlaps or similarities in the questions. Understand the questions and just focus on it. Once you are done with it, the next step is to brain storm the ideas. Reflect your thoughts and make a mind map out of it. Collect the points which come in your mind. It will eventually help you to compile a productive statement later. You can brain storm about your personal background; development of your interest in the field you applying for; your specific experiences that helped you explore and identify your career interest; any unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story; about any work you did as an intern; your career goals; any special research, academic work, employment, volunteers experience, which you have performed so far; your strengths and weaknesses; any obstacles, which you encountered in your life; any unique skills that demonstrate the depth of your experience in the field, etc. All these refection will give you a rough data, which could be used to begin with your personal statement After collecting points, begin your formal statement. Do not give any heading to your statement. Keep in mind not to write in the third person and do not use the passive voice. Concentrate on your opening paragraph. This paragraph becomes the framework for the rest of the statement. It either grabs the reader's attention or loses it. Don't write more than 3λ lines in your initial paragraph. Give your brief introduction and then turn towards the main questions. Use short sentences and avoid long ones. Don't discuss extra things in the opening. You can keep that aside for including in the following paragraphs.