Sample themes: _ Passion for traveling and being fascinated with multiculturalism and globalization; Having received primary education abroad and the experiences gained therein; _ Concern for the current status of your chosen field or industry in one's country; _ Proficiency in the areas of leadership, communication, and team cooperation as advantages; _ Pursuit of excellence; _ Personal qualities such as adaptability, resilience, persistence; and a sense of social responsibility, or Motivation to enhance one's knowledge and skills and the potential to pursue advanced studies.
A while ago, I was asked to take a critical look at a personal statement, which spanned the student's life from age two to eighteen. The personal statement made gripping reading but was far too long and the student had not been selective enough in the abundance of material she choose from. The word count ran to 1귔 words _ far too long for a personal statement. The task of reducing your personal statement can be enthusiastically undertaken, but the problem is that you need to look at your original brainstormed ideas to organise your material for the selection process. The only criterion you need to apply at this stage is this incident of sufficient interest to the admission officer.