Avoid common mistakes that will get your application put in the reject pile. Read on for 10 simple ways you can mess up your personal statement: _ 1. Say thank you _ Your parents and elementary school teachers taught you to be polite in writing, and you know it's a good rule to follow. But don't waste words thanking the committee for reading your application. It's not the same situation as applying for a job, because you're paying the school to review your application so that, hopefully, you can pay them to educate and train you. Starting or ending your statement with phrases like 'Thank you for reviewing this application' or 'I appreciate your consideration' can make you come across as immature, obsequious, or ignorant of academic culture.
Sample themes: _ Passion for traveling and being fascinated with multiculturalism and globalization; Having received primary education abroad and the experiences gained therein; _ Concern for the current status of your chosen field or industry in one's country; _ Proficiency in the areas of leadership, communication, and team cooperation as advantages; _ Pursuit of excellence; _ Personal qualities such as adaptability, resilience, persistence; and a sense of social responsibility, or Motivation to enhance one's knowledge and skills and the potential to pursue advanced studies.