It is often said that personal statements are often autobiographical. This may well be true, because a wise maxim is "write about what you know." And, if there is one thing we all know more about than anything else it is our own lives. Often students only write about the reasons why they wish to embark on a particular university course and many personal statements lack emotion, suspense, and tension. However, in a work of fact, emotion, is a key ingredient in successful personal statements. And, while students life's may differ considerably from one other, we will each have known the full gamut of emotions. It is important when writing your personal statement that you convey a sense of place to your reader and the way to do that is with the five senses sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. It is all too easy to forget that scenes, which are indelibly etched on your own mind, will not be equally clear in the reader's unless you make them so by your writing.
Writing an outline From the table we presented in Part 1, we mentioned that a PS normally utilizes various presentation techniques ranging from simple narratives to more creative approaches. With this in mind, you must first decide what type of approach you will employ and draft an outline based on this. For the two common types of discourse, Narration and Exposition, here are two suggested outlines: Sample Outline A: Chronological Narration or Exposition