A while ago, I was asked to take a critical look at a personal statement, which spanned the student's life from age two to eighteen. The personal statement made gripping reading but was far too long and the student had not been selective enough in the abundance of material she choose from. The word count ran to 1귔 words _ far too long for a personal statement. The task of reducing your personal statement can be enthusiastically undertaken, but the problem is that you need to look at your original brainstormed ideas to organise your material for the selection process. The only criterion you need to apply at this stage is this incident of sufficient interest to the admission officer.
Revising and proofreading _ Upon examining your essay and discovering a few unwanted elements or grammatical mistakes, it is now time to start revising it. First, search for grammatical mistakes and spelling errors. The prompts in most MS Windows programs help you identify these (green squiggles for grammatical mistakes and red squiggles for spelling errors). As long as they do not appear under proper names, it is safe to modify them. However, do not rely exclusively on your computer for spell checks. Go over each word on your own.