Composing an Effective PS _ Now that we have provided an introduction of a PS's characteristics as well as a rundown of its basic components, let us turn our attention to the most important step in the process_composing the PS itself. It would be unwise if you started writing without a clear direction or goal. Personal Statements can vary in word count and style. However, what they have in common is they comprise an attempt to explain your point of view. They should therefore be skillfully written in the sense that the information they present is clear and informative. To achieve this end, a process of preparing, drafting, and polishing needs to be followed. Preparing and planning your essay
An excellent introduction _ The first goal of any PS is to generate a compelling lead and engage the readers. Start with a powerful selling point to catch the reader's (usually an admission officer) eye. Given the high volume of application submissions, admission officers generally give each personal statement a quick scan before separating the outstanding submissions for a more thorough reading. Therefore, it is extremely important for the personal statement, specifically the lead, to be compelling and unique. This means that your words need to be short and punchy. The members of an admissions committee pore over thousands of submissions on a daily basis. From these, only a handful will catch their attention from the outset. They do not have the time to go over each of these essays, thus an essay's introduction should be arresting enough to make the readers want to continue reading on. An excellent introduction is therefore crucial if you wish your essay to stand out from the rest. In the next section, we will present ways to achieve an excellent introduction and some samples to demonstrate these.