Highlight your accomplishments _ Some of your achievements may not fit into any categories on the application; talk about these accomplishments in the personal statement so they aren't left out. You could also use the personal statement to elaborate on an achievement that you are particularly proud of, but could not address in detail on another part of the app. Think of the personal statement as an opportunity to tell admissions officers anything you want them to know that wouldn't be perfectly clear otherwise. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself; your application is really all about selling a product__you__to the college.
If you miss any of the above, your application will already be short_changed. Word limits are fixed and if you can imagine yourself with the job of reading thousands of applications, you can understand why. Not answering any of the questions will give your application a one way ticket to the rejection pile. This will also help with the next step planning. _ Planning your Personal Statement _ Planning not only gives you an outline to work to, it also helps avoided the dreaded writers block. Chances are you have already had to plan and write many essays to get to this point, don't be complacent and skip this step as it may lead to omitting either required or useful information. Planning can also ensure that you don't give yourself room to babble or write a novel instead of a 500 word essay.