Many students have the same or similar high school grades so how do universities choose between the hundreds of people who apply to their courses when they have not met any of these people? The personal statement helps with this process. What is a personal statement? A personal statement is basically information about you but it helps admissions staff decide if they want to offer you a place on a specific course at their university. All universities have a certain image and they are looking for more than just your grades at high school; they want to know if your personality, attitude and life experience will "fit" with their university. Think of it like a job application. When you apply for a job you have to write a personal statement which tries to persuade the company that you are the best person for the job. In the same way the personal statement aims to persuade universities that you are the kind of student they want.
Meanwhile, not a few schools require a third type of application document, which is the Question and Answer (Q and A) essay. Although this may take the form of a quasi_PS, the questions require that you answer them in a specific manner. This essay usually ranges from 300 to 600 words, thereby limiting the amount of information that should be included. Nevertheless, Q and A essays belong to an entirely different category and will not be explained here. Instead, in the following useful guide, we will explain everything you need to know in creating your own PS and offer useful suggestions to help you polish your essay further.