Many students have the same or similar high school grades so how do universities choose between the hundreds of people who apply to their courses when they have not met any of these people? The personal statement helps with this process. What is a personal statement? A personal statement is basically information about you but it helps admissions staff decide if they want to offer you a place on a specific course at their university. All universities have a certain image and they are looking for more than just your grades at high school; they want to know if your personality, attitude and life experience will "fit" with their university. Think of it like a job application. When you apply for a job you have to write a personal statement which tries to persuade the company that you are the best person for the job. In the same way the personal statement aims to persuade universities that you are the kind of student they want.
If you wish to use Sample Outline A, you may want to consult this simple instructional outline: Introduction Section 2 Topic sentence related to the main theme First supporting pointE vidence Topic sentence that relates the above paragraph to the next Second supporting point Evidence Topic sentence that relates the above paragraph to the next Second supporting point Evidence Conclusion Conclusion that reiterates the main theme and echoes the ideas stated in the introduction _ Making a list of all information to be disclosed _ Armed with a theme and an outline, the next step is to consider which aspects of your personal background and experiences can be shared in relation to this theme. To fully present all the information you want included, it is imperative you gather them and make a list from which you will be able to back up the thesis statements you will compose later on. Creating a list allows you to identify which information is important (e.g., why I chose this major) and which information should be considered optional in relation to your theme. Keep in mind that all information should be related to the main theme and should serve to substantiate the theme and not deviate from it.