Using plagiarized content _ Personal statement examples can serve as excellent guides when it comes to writing your personal essays. However, using the actual content of these samples and passing them off as your own is one surefire way to jeopardize your statement. Plagiarizing other people's work so that your personal essay appears highly interesting is a sign of incompetence and irresponsibility. Surely, you would not want to communicate these poor qualities to the selections committee. If you must, make use of personal statement examples, you need to use them only as guides. You can use the outline as a sample, so you will know which experiences to include in your essay and which ones to leave out.
Common Errors in Composing Personal Statements _ The following lists some of the more common errors in most compositions: In appropriate use of punctuations such as excessive commas, and incorrect placement of apostrophes and quotation marks, colons, and semi_colons. When in doubt, consult a basic style guide to check your usage. _ Contractions. Contractions dramatically reduce the formality of your composition. Use the more formal "cannot," "would not," or "should not," instead of "can't," "won't," or "shouldn't." Slang and common colloquial words and expressions. Words and phrases like "a lot," "ain't," "got," "big," "for sure," "gonna," "sort of," "kinda," and the like should never be used. Clichés. These make your writing informal and unintentionally funny. However, when employed correctly, they can actually help add variety to your essay. Repetitive use of words such as ("likewise," "thus," and the like). Keep a thesaurus handy so that you can vary your language. However, do not use "big" words just to impress the reader. Vagueness. This may lead to open interpretation that does not express your ideas as well as more precise words would. "A few" or "enough" can often be replaced by a word that is more precise. Phrases such as these will only leave the reader confused. Make your claims clearer and justified. Steps to Follow to Ensure the Further Improvement of a PS