One approach is to begin with an interesting statement, then follow it with a brief overview of your main theme. e creative with your introductory paragraph. Another approach to make it unique is to use personal information that distinguishes you from the rest and makes the essay stand out from others. Another approach is to use a fact or a literary concept, which is relevant to your theme. Paraphrase it or use a direct quote, and add in whatever point you are trying to make. As much as you would like to present a good introduction, do not fall into the trap of making hasty generalizations, sweeping statements, and/or other pronunciations. Keep the tone light and personal. After all, you are telling your own story.
Being an Apologist _ You do not use your personal statement to explain why you lack certain skills or experience. The point of writing this short paragraph is to sell yourself and this involves highlighting your strengths instead of apologizing for your weaknesses which in itself is a sign of weakness. The time and place for discussing flaws in your suitability is the interview and at that point, you must focus on how you plan to overcome any holes in experience/skills etc.