One approach is to begin with an interesting statement, then follow it with a brief overview of your main theme. e creative with your introductory paragraph. Another approach to make it unique is to use personal information that distinguishes you from the rest and makes the essay stand out from others. Another approach is to use a fact or a literary concept, which is relevant to your theme. Paraphrase it or use a direct quote, and add in whatever point you are trying to make. As much as you would like to present a good introduction, do not fall into the trap of making hasty generalizations, sweeping statements, and/or other pronunciations. Keep the tone light and personal. After all, you are telling your own story.
When you are sifting through the vast amount of sample you will have access to, be sure that you are looking for samples that will pertain to you and your personal situation. Once you find sample personal statements that you think have helpful information you can print them out and highlight any areas that you feel may help you when you set out to write your own statement. It is also a good idea to take notes as you go along.