There are two types of Personal Statement. General and comprehensive statement is often prepared for standard medical or law schools. It gives you liberty to write whatever could expose you the best. Example, tell us about yourself and your goals or why do you want to do this course? The second type asks for the response to either specific or multiple questions. These are mostly prepared by the applicant applying to business, teaching, graduate schools/ organizations/agencies. It gives you less freedom, but still important to be thoughtful and persuasive. Example, tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you and how does it relate to the person you are? Remember, personal statement is not like an ordinary college essay. It is the most formal document to be written by self. If you're determined to write a personal statement, then you need to be skilful in good grammar, strong vocabulary, sentence formation, paragraph formation, editing and summarizing skills, to write an effective piece.
Having known about the importance of personal statement, the next question emerging in our mind is that how to write it? Take a blank piece of paper and brainstorm a list of your skills, work experience, personal interests and qualities which are relevant to your application. Jot down these issues before you carve sentences and paragraphs. Be personal and concrete. Tell issues which makes your application unique from others. Be enthusiastic and show what you have actually done, and why you found them interesting. It may be very difficult for the academic officers to select you if your personal statement is not up to scratch, particularly when there are thousands of other candidates to choose from. You can qualify for the desired university only by writing a perfect personal statement; otherwise you may miss a chance, though you are academically sound.