Having known about the importance of personal statement, the next question emerging in our mind is that how to write it? Take a blank piece of paper and brainstorm a list of your skills, work experience, personal interests and qualities which are relevant to your application. Jot down these issues before you carve sentences and paragraphs. Be personal and concrete. Tell issues which makes your application unique from others. Be enthusiastic and show what you have actually done, and why you found them interesting. It may be very difficult for the academic officers to select you if your personal statement is not up to scratch, particularly when there are thousands of other candidates to choose from. You can qualify for the desired university only by writing a perfect personal statement; otherwise you may miss a chance, though you are academically sound.
A while ago, I was asked to take a critical look at a personal statement, which spanned the student's life from age two to eighteen. The personal statement made gripping reading but was far too long and the student had not been selective enough in the abundance of material she choose from. The word count ran to 1귔 words _ far too long for a personal statement. The task of reducing your personal statement can be enthusiastically undertaken, but the problem is that you need to look at your original brainstormed ideas to organise your material for the selection process. The only criterion you need to apply at this stage is this incident of sufficient interest to the admission officer.