When you applied as an undergraduate, your personal statement probably didn't make much of a difference, because undergraduate admissions are heavily based on numbers (GPAs, test scores, etc). Graduate and professional school admissions are different! Your competitors will have grades and test scores similar to yours, because most people who have the motivation to pursue an advanced degree did well as undergraduate students. As the number of applicants rises and academic budgets are cut, every year there's more competition for fewer admissions openings. How does the committee determine that you have what it takes to succeed in advanced studies? You guessed it. Your personal statement will play a determining role in whether or not your application is successful. So you know you need to write the strongest, most persuasive personal statement you can. But here are two facts you may not know. First, most reviewers will spend only a couple minutes skimming your personal statement. Second, because their job is to weed out the majority of applications, reviewers are looking for reasons not to recommend you for admission.
This is why so many people choose to opt for help in writing their personal statement for college. For me, it was easy. My mother was an award winning writer, and I could ask her for her feedback any time I wanted (I still can, as a matter of fact) and as often as I want to. Although we don't always see agree, her invaluable input is always intelligent and well thought out. She helped me a lot on my personal statement for college, as well as my essays. But for people who don't have that kind of resource at their easy disposal, or a high school English teacher whose opinion they value, there are many sites and resources all over the internet which can help them to write a personal statement for college professionally. These can give feedback, editing, and can even give you templates and tips advising you the most common things to avoid, and the most important things to do when writing your personal statement for college. In my opinion, though, there is no real alternative to personal, face to face feedback from someone whom you trust on your personal statement for college write up. It is not easy to write a professional personal statement. Most of us struggle with the writing.