Tension is one of the second most important elements in writing, closely allied to suspense _ the "what happens next" ingredient. The problem for many students is to try to condense the personal statement into 600 words. Obviously, the admission officer knows you only have this limited space, but nonetheless does judge you on the four minutes it takes to read your personal statement, if your personal statement includes tension and suspense _ it is sure to be a winner. The secret to a good personal statement is not to give away too much to quickly, keep us guessing, hanging onto every word, thus building up tension and suspense. In order for there to be tension in your personal statement, there must be (or have been) something important at stake. Perhaps this was your family life or what you believe is your future. Perhaps the reason why you chose the course you wish to study. Whatever it is, by not divulging the outcome too soon, you will maintain the reader's interest for that much longer. The following personal statement starts with a powerful suspense filling introduction:
There are two types of Personal Statement. General and comprehensive statement is often prepared for standard medical or law schools. It gives you liberty to write whatever could expose you the best. Example, tell us about yourself and your goals or why do you want to do this course? The second type asks for the response to either specific or multiple questions. These are mostly prepared by the applicant applying to business, teaching, graduate schools/ organizations/agencies. It gives you less freedom, but still important to be thoughtful and persuasive. Example, tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you and how does it relate to the person you are? Remember, personal statement is not like an ordinary college essay. It is the most formal document to be written by self. If you're determined to write a personal statement, then you need to be skilful in good grammar, strong vocabulary, sentence formation, paragraph formation, editing and summarizing skills, to write an effective piece.