Whether it’s to get an early offer to uni or to win a scholarship, writing a great personal statement that will get you noticed is the first step to taking advantage of opportunities and opening doors to a successful future.
What is a personal statement (PS)?
A personal statement is a short essay about… you! It explains why you are ideal for a certain course, scholarship or job.
Start with the future
Getting started is the hardest part of writing a PS. A great introduction starts with the opportunity itself and why you want to apply. Explore and discuss your ideal future. Like heading into a job interview, make sure you do your research and explore how this opportunity will help you reach your goals.
For example, if you are applying for uni on an Early Entry application*, then make sure you know all about your intended course:
It’s all about you
The main body of your PS is all about you.
What are you passionate about – write about the extracurricular activities that energise you.
What achievements are you most proud of – this is the chance to describe your strengths.
Don’t be afraid of being personal
Of course, focusing on your successes is important, but don’t be afraid to write about challenges you might have overcome, hardships that have made you a better person, or things about yourself that you work hard to improve every day. These things show resilience, tenacity and a growth mindset.
How would others describe you?
It’s also a great idea to think about what others would say about you – would your mum say you are chatty, or your friends say you’re outgoing, or your teacher say you are driven? Include these as they are a good way to describe your personality. Some other adjectives that might be useful are: responsible, friendly, polite, cooperative, vibrant, sweet, calm, well-organised, creative, resilient.
Is there a motto that you particularly like to live by? If there is, tell the reader why it is meaningful to you.
Go back to the start
A good way to end your personal statement is to go back to why YOU should be considered for this opportunity. Summarise the best bits of the course, the College, yourself and tie this all together in your conclusion.
* If applying for Early Entry at ICMS please send your personal statement to [email protected]
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