B. Questions a PS should answer _ What positive characteristics do you possess (e.g., honest, compassionate, loyal)? _ What skills do you have (e.g., analytical, communication, organizational)? _ How have you changed or grown over the years? What challenges have you faced and overcome, and how have they made you more mature? _ What makes you unique? What sets you apart from other applicants? _ Why should the admissions committee consider you? _ How have past experiences impacted your life? Can you relate these experiences to your goals? _ What are your study and career goals?
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.