7. Say something potentially offensiv _ Again, not much explanation needed on this one. You do not know anything about the people who are reading your personal statement. Assume they are very sensitive on all issues and write accordingly. Do not assume they agree with any of your political, social, or religious views.
To help you begin the writing phase, it is advantageous to split the writing task into three parts: the body, the conclusion, and the introduction. You can do so chronologically or follow your own sequence depending on your personal preference and style.