Sample Outline B: Sectional Narration or Exposition To minimize the difficulty of establishing transitions between paragraphs, as well as to emphasize key points such as academic background, personality, and future plans, this second approach can be employed. To make it creative, "section headings" with an underlying theme may be used. In the following, one's life is likened to traveling. "A Roadmap"_ A section detailing one's academic and professional background. "A Journey"_ A section detailing the steps one has taken in order to prepare for one's future. "A Destination"_ A section detailing the applicant's study and career goals for the future and his overall vision in relation to his previous achievements and undertakings.
oMake sure you haven't used over long, unwieldy sentences or paragraphs. If you have you must break these up. _ oThat you've started your personal statement with a powerful introduction so this captures your reader's attention _ straight away. oThat your structure is easy to follow and that each sentence hooks into the next line. oThat you finish with your future career goals. _ A key advantage is to use a professional to edit and improve your personal statement. If, however you are working in isolation and do not have that advantage, be wary of allowing family or friends to read and comment on it. For one thing, an outside will be objective and critical: they may be full of praise or go to the other extreme so far as style, at least, is concerned.