Many students have the same or similar high school grades so how do universities choose between the hundreds of people who apply to their courses when they have not met any of these people? The personal statement helps with this process. What is a personal statement? A personal statement is basically information about you but it helps admissions staff decide if they want to offer you a place on a specific course at their university. All universities have a certain image and they are looking for more than just your grades at high school; they want to know if your personality, attitude and life experience will "fit" with their university. Think of it like a job application. When you apply for a job you have to write a personal statement which tries to persuade the company that you are the best person for the job. In the same way the personal statement aims to persuade universities that you are the kind of student they want.
Poor outline _ One of the most distinguishing aspects of well_written personal statement samples is a precise outline. Since a sample will serve as your guide, it should contain an outline as well, not just content. You can use the outline as a pattern when writing your own admissions essay so you will know which information to include and which ones to leave out. Statement samples, which do not contain outlines, may not be the best guides and may be of little use to applicants. Along with its personal statement content, a sample should also contain an outline so you will know how to organize your thoughts and experiences into a more solid composition.