What in my past did I have to overcome to be where I am today? Can I relate these experiences to my goals for the future or my motivation? Who are my influencers and role models and why? Remember these don't have to be famous people; they could be a neighbor, sibling or your parents. What are my career goals? Why do I want to continue my studies? When and why am I interested in my chosen field of study? How has this shaped me so far and what has it taught me about myself? Are there weaknesses in my application? Do I have gaps or inconsistencies on my academic records that I can explain? What are th e strengths of my application? Do I have awards, recommendations or honors that are relevant which I should mention? Field experience: _ Internships and jobs relevant to my field of study including skills learned and experience gained Has my field experience prepared me for my future career _ how so? _ What social services/volunteer programs have I been involved in? What did these teach me in general and about myself? Did these relate to my field of study? _What extracurricular activities have I been involved in and have they contributed to my studies or professional goals?
Check for logical flow and paragraph transition which make the statement strong and easily read. _ Read the personal statement over _ if you need to read any of the sentences twice, and then re_structure them. Have I left myself too short on an important area and too long in another? Cut and chop away until you know that this statement is strong, logical and captures the attention of the reader. If you step over a platitude or cliché _ remove and find another way. At the same time _ give yourself a limit of how many reviews you will do, otherwise you will keep chopping and changing losing the essence of what you are writing. _ Lastly, peer review _ a person or people you can trust to be brutally honest and who knows you well. Preferably someone who also understands that this personal statement is for admission to graduate school. Get several people to give you a boredom rating along with a rating of whether or not you have truly reflected who you are.