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.
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.