2. BE POSITIVE. Your statement should not sound staged or stilted, but enthusiastic and motivated. Consider topics which would be easiest for you to put descriptive words to. Your personal statement is a testament of your passions and your earnestness, the image you want the reviewing committee to see of you. That image should never be negative, bland, or boring; you want the committee to say, on reading your statement, we'd like to meet this person. Avoid using "waffle" words (words which qualify your experiences and commitment) such as "rather", "quite", "somewhat", or "probably". Waffle words tend to give the impression the writer is unsure of him or herself; with the personal statement, all writing should be positive and express confidence and directness.
Here are five important tips to consider when composing your draft: _ Do not include information that does not support and complement your theme. _ Do not try to impress your reader with your vocabulary. _Do not launch into a lengthy discussion explaining your low GPA or test scores. Instead, try to focus on more positive experiences. _ Do not invent information, exaggerate, or make things up. _ Do not be afraid to start over if the draft you produce is not satisfactory.