Focusing on negativity _ People face problems from time to time; however, there are those who have faced graver trials than others. If you are one of those people who's had your fair share of problems, make sure that you adopt a positive attitude despite the challenges, and reflect this attitude in your statement. Wallowing in negativity will give off an unfavorable vibe, and enumerating all the trials you've been through will no longer make your essay an interesting read.
B. Questions a PS should answer _ What positive characteristics do you possess (e.g., honest, compassionate, loyal)? _ What skills do you have (e.g., analytical, communication, organizational)? _ How have you changed or grown over the years? What challenges have you faced and overcome, and how have they made you more mature? _ What makes you unique? What sets you apart from other applicants? _ Why should the admissions committee consider you? _ How have past experiences impacted your life? Can you relate these experiences to your goals? _ What are your study and career goals?