2. BE POSITIVE. Your statement should not sound staged or stilted, but enthusiastic and motivated. Consider topics which would be easiest for you to put descriptive words to. Your personal statement is a testament of your passions and your earnestness, the image you want the reviewing committee to see of you. That image should never be negative, bland, or boring; you want the committee to say, on reading your statement, we'd like to meet this person. Avoid using "waffle" words (words which qualify your experiences and commitment) such as "rather", "quite", "somewhat", or "probably". Waffle words tend to give the impression the writer is unsure of him or herself; with the personal statement, all writing should be positive and express confidence and directness.
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!