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.
Conducting background research from related sites This entails a visit to the Web site of your chosen school and other relevant Web sites from which you might glean information. The main purpose of conducting research is to ensure your essay will meet ALL the requirements of your chosen school in terms of word count and content, and that you will be able to zero in on the qualities they are looking for in an applicant and include these in your essay.Identifying a basic idea or theme