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.
Writing an outline From the table we presented in Part 1, we mentioned that a PS normally utilizes various presentation techniques ranging from simple narratives to more creative approaches. With this in mind, you must first decide what type of approach you will employ and draft an outline based on this. For the two common types of discourse, Narration and Exposition, here are two suggested outlines: Sample Outline A: Chronological Narration or Exposition