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.
Proofread _ As with all of the application, it's crucial that you edit your personal statement. This little piece of writing reflects on you; don't let it scream "sloppy"! Write your statement and then proofread it for typos and grammar. The next day, read it again. Ask a good friend or teacher to read it too. Make your statement as near perfect as possible and it will serve your app well. A good personal statement could be the deciding factor for an applicant that is not clearly in or out. Take the time to make your writing work to your advantage and let your voice be heard in your application!