Highlight your accomplishments _ Some of your achievements may not fit into any categories on the application; talk about these accomplishments in the personal statement so they aren't left out. You could also use the personal statement to elaborate on an achievement that you are particularly proud of, but could not address in detail on another part of the app. Think of the personal statement as an opportunity to tell admissions officers anything you want them to know that wouldn't be perfectly clear otherwise. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself; your application is really all about selling a product__you__to the college.
Proofread _ As with all of the application, it's crucial that you edit your personal statement. This little piece of writing reflects on you; don't let it scream "sloppy"! Write your statement and then proofread it for typos and grammar. The next day, read it again. Ask a good friend or teacher to read it too. Make your statement as near perfect as possible and it will serve your app well. A good personal statement could be the deciding factor for an applicant that is not clearly in or out. Take the time to make your writing work to your advantage and let your voice be heard in your application!