This is a chronological presentation of basic information on the applicant. Depending on one's preference, the amount of information on one's past and future can be adjusted. _ Introduction (a quote, an interesting story, an anecdote, etc.) _ Personal/Family Background _ Academic and non_academic/co_curricular achievements while in school (Research works undertaken, trainings attended, etc.) _ Interest in the field _ Reason/s for choosing the school _ Plans for the future _ Conclusion
In order for there to be tension in your personal statement, it will help to describe a highly charged incident, part of a particularly difficult period in your life. Whatever it was, you will maintain your reader's interest for that much longer. The example below shows perfect tension and suspense build up _ "When the airmail letter arrived bearing an American stamp, I knew immediately, it was from my university with my degree results, and I tore it open as excitedly as if it were a birthday present. With trembling fingers, I took out the sheets of thin blue paper _ and my heart started to pound as I began to read."