What in my past did I have to overcome to be where I am today? Can I relate these experiences to my goals for the future or my motivation? Who are my influencers and role models and why? Remember these don't have to be famous people; they could be a neighbor, sibling or your parents. What are my career goals? Why do I want to continue my studies? When and why am I interested in my chosen field of study? How has this shaped me so far and what has it taught me about myself? Are there weaknesses in my application? Do I have gaps or inconsistencies on my academic records that I can explain? What are th e strengths of my application? Do I have awards, recommendations or honors that are relevant which I should mention? Field experience: _ Internships and jobs relevant to my field of study including skills learned and experience gained Has my field experience prepared me for my future career _ how so? _ What social services/volunteer programs have I been involved in? What did these teach me in general and about myself? Did these relate to my field of study? _What extracurricular activities have I been involved in and have they contributed to my studies or professional goals?
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.