One of the most important parts of a college application is the personal statement, a one_ to two_ paragraph description of anything relating to you and your application. Sometimes, personal statements are optional; other times, they take the place of essays. Regardless of whether they're required or not, you should always take advantage of the opportunity to construct a well thought_out description of why you'd make a great addition to the incoming class.
Avoid common mistakes that will get your application put in the reject pile. Read on for 10 simple ways you can mess up your personal statement: _ 1. Say thank you _ Your parents and elementary school teachers taught you to be polite in writing, and you know it's a good rule to follow. But don't waste words thanking the committee for reading your application. It's not the same situation as applying for a job, because you're paying the school to review your application so that, hopefully, you can pay them to educate and train you. Starting or ending your statement with phrases like 'Thank you for reviewing this application' or 'I appreciate your consideration' can make you come across as immature, obsequious, or ignorant of academic culture.