Personal Statement General Helpful Hints and Tips*
Do not wait until the last minute. Go through several drafts.
Highlight specific, unique accomplishments of which you are proud. Provide details! Show, don’t tell.
In general, focus on recent experiences and accomplishments (i.e., since beginning college).
Be careful not to repeat verbatim information found elsewhere in your application.
Be interesting and engaging.
Verify that there are no inconsistencies between your personal statement and the rest of your application.
PROOFREAD. Then proofread again. Then proofread some more. Then have others proofread for you. Then proofread one more time.
Do not even think about plagiarizing.
Consider having a central theme to your personal statement to organize your writing.
BE YOURSELF. Make sure the personal statement that you submit is: 1) reflective of your personality; and 2) in your own words (not those of your editors).
Be prepared for the fact that your personal statement and secondary essays will be conversation material for your interviews!