A personal statement can make or break you application, so taking the time to carefully write and edit your information is crucial. Follow these tips to create a stellar statement that will clarify and strengthen your application, not make it less appealing. Use your statement to address any unattractive parts of your application _ Most of your college application will entail listing your accomplishments; you won't have much room to describe details of each activity. If you have to leave part of you app blank__sports involvement, for example__your application can seem less impressive. In a situation like this, you could use the personal statement component to talk about why you never got involved with athletics. A good reason for your lack of participation will help you compete with other applicants.
Tension is one of the second most important elements in writing, closely allied to suspense _ the "what happens next" ingredient. The problem for many students is to try to condense the personal statement into 600 words. Obviously, the admission officer knows you only have this limited space, but nonetheless does judge you on the four minutes it takes to read your personal statement, if your personal statement includes tension and suspense _ it is sure to be a winner. The secret to a good personal statement is not to give away too much to quickly, keep us guessing, hanging onto every word, thus building up tension and suspense. In order for there to be tension in your personal statement, there must be (or have been) something important at stake. Perhaps this was your family life or what you believe is your future. Perhaps the reason why you chose the course you wish to study. Whatever it is, by not divulging the outcome too soon, you will maintain the reader's interest for that much longer. The following personal statement starts with a powerful suspense filling introduction: