What is a Personal Statement? In terms of content, a PS is a formal essay stating your personal and academic background, pertinent achievements, goals, qualities, and characteristics, which might help influence the decision of the admissions committee to accept you in your school of choice. Perhaps, the most important point we should consider is that a PS is required by most schools as their method of gauging a few important factors: _ Obtaining a glimpse into your personality, which they cannot observe just by perusing your transcript; _ Evaluating the way you organize your thoughts; and _ Checking your level of English proficiency.
Writing an outline From the table we presented in Part 1, we mentioned that a PS normally utilizes various presentation techniques ranging from simple narratives to more creative approaches. With this in mind, you must first decide what type of approach you will employ and draft an outline based on this. For the two common types of discourse, Narration and Exposition, here are two suggested outlines: Sample Outline A: Chronological Narration or Exposition