What is a Personal Statement? In terms of content, a PS is a formal essay stating your personal and academic background, pertinent achievements, goals, qualities, and characteristics, which might help influence the decision of the admissions committee to accept you in your school of choice. Perhaps, the most important point we should consider is that a PS is required by most schools as their method of gauging a few important factors: _ Obtaining a glimpse into your personality, which they cannot observe just by perusing your transcript; _ Evaluating the way you organize your thoughts; and _ Checking your level of English proficiency.
OK, I've done some research and lots of thinking, now what? Write down some ideas and topics that you think are relevant and then expand them into sentences and paragraphs. Next show your personal statement to as many people as possible to get feedback and advice and draft it again and again until you are happy with it. Always read it with a critical eye and imagine you are the admissions officer for your chosen course and ask this question: Would you give you a place on this course after reading your personal statement and WHY? _ What should I focus on if I'm an EU or International student and English is not my first language?