Meanwhile, not a few schools require a third type of application document, which is the Question and Answer (Q and A) essay. Although this may take the form of a quasi_PS, the questions require that you answer them in a specific manner. This essay usually ranges from 300 to 600 words, thereby limiting the amount of information that should be included. Nevertheless, Q and A essays belong to an entirely different category and will not be explained here. Instead, in the following useful guide, we will explain everything you need to know in creating your own PS and offer useful suggestions to help you polish your essay further.
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.