One caveat in using personal statement help, however, is to make sure that you don't copy these samples and pass them as your own work in your admissions essay. These guides are meant to be just that__guides. Copying someone else's written work and claiming them as your own is one form of plagiarism. Submitting a plagiarized work as a personal statement will surely put your application and your credibility at risk. By making use of sample statements wisely and effectively, there is no reason why you should not come up with a lively, informative, and well_written piece as your admissions essay.
Tension is one of the second most important elements in writing, closely allied to suspense _ the "what happens next" ingredient. The problem for many students is to try to condense the personal statement into 600 words. Obviously, the admission officer knows you only have this limited space, but nonetheless does judge you on the four minutes it takes to read your personal statement, if your personal statement includes tension and suspense _ it is sure to be a winner. The secret to a good personal statement is not to give away too much to quickly, keep us guessing, hanging onto every word, thus building up tension and suspense. In order for there to be tension in your personal statement, there must be (or have been) something important at stake. Perhaps this was your family life or what you believe is your future. Perhaps the reason why you chose the course you wish to study. Whatever it is, by not divulging the outcome too soon, you will maintain the reader's interest for that much longer. The following personal statement starts with a powerful suspense filling introduction: