In talking to Admissions Representatives across the country, there is one aspect of a personal statement they all agree on _ BE YOURSELF and let them get a feel for the type of person you really are. This includes your motivations and the ability to evaluate your personal experiences and the effect they had on you. If you can understand that 8 out of 10 personal statements fail to do this, then you are well on your way to being 1 of the 2 applicants in every 10 that stands out.
* Who will be reading the personal statement? _ How can the essay be more compelling to the readers? _ Why are you applying to this program? _ Why are you applying to this institution? _ How will attending this graduate school help you grow as an individual and prepare you for your career goals? _ What do you have to offer the graduate program? Why should a faculty member take you under his supervision?