8. Show your inferiority complex or your superiority complex _ Many applicants have trouble striking the balance between promoting themselves and not coming off as arrogant in their personal statement. A personal statement is a marketing document and has to showcase your strengths. Yet many applicants err on the side of humility, such as using self_deprecating language; or describing weaknesses and previous failings without explaining how they've worked to turn those weaknesses into strengths. Admissions committees do not admit candidates out of pity! Other applicants err on the side of conceit, giving the impression that they don't really need any advanced training because they know so much about the field and have so much experience. They fail to describe what they expect to gain from a specialized course of education. You want to walk the line between these extremes. Assert that you are very well_qualified to begin this course of study, and that you have the preparation, motivation, maturity and focus they seek. Then stress your planned specialization, what you will gain from attending their program, and how you need the training they offer to succeed as a professional.
F. Polishing your essay _ After going through the steps above, you now have in your hands a working draft of your essay. Definitely, however, it is not yet in its best form. At this point, some sections may sound illogical or incongruous with the rest. The entire essay may not be as coherent as you wish it to be, or it may be plagued by too many paragraphs containing three or four sentences. Do not be disheartened, for this is the time that you enter the next phase and begin polishing your essay.