When you set to create your personal statement for college, you suddenly are not in that world anymore, and you know it deep inside. Seriously, no one from admissions wants to read another essay about how much someone was inspired by Gandhi, or Martin Luther King Jr. No one wants to read your personal statement for college about the first time you played football with your dad, or learning the value of teamwork from a little league game. No matter what you write, the chance is that they have heard it all so often before, and they are surely going to hold that fact against you.
There are schools that require an applicant to submit a Statement of Purpose instead of a PS, the thrust of which is to present an applicant's goals in terms of what major to pursue, what research direction to take, and other specific study and career plans, if any. Therefore, in this case, you are required to submit a similar essay but with greater emphasis on your specific study and career plans. Most applicants are confused with the difference between a PS and a Statement of Purpose. This is not to say, however, that a PS cannot be a Statement of Purpose and vice versa, because as you will discover in the next section, these two can actually overlap depending on the outline you have created.