A PS is one of the most important components of your application because this document, when written correctly, will offer your readers, namely the admissions committee members, a quick glance into your life story so far and which direction you plan to take. You are inviting the reader to share your experiences as you disclose who you are as an applicant. Through your PS, you are providing them a general picture of your background and qualifications, knowledge of which will allow them to evaluate your suitability for admission to their school accurately.
The Interview Starting Point _ The personal statement is also the starting point for many interview discussions and questions. When committee members sit down to interview an applicant, they often have just a few minutes to skim the application. Your personal statement/essay provides the perfect amount of information for them. They can pick out a few key points and use it as the starting ground for your interview. If this is the only part of the application that they may read, you need to make it perfect.