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.
2. BE POSITIVE. Your statement should not sound staged or stilted, but enthusiastic and motivated. Consider topics which would be easiest for you to put descriptive words to. Your personal statement is a testament of your passions and your earnestness, the image you want the reviewing committee to see of you. That image should never be negative, bland, or boring; you want the committee to say, on reading your statement, we'd like to meet this person. Avoid using "waffle" words (words which qualify your experiences and commitment) such as "rather", "quite", "somewhat", or "probably". Waffle words tend to give the impression the writer is unsure of him or herself; with the personal statement, all writing should be positive and express confidence and directness.