If you are in the process of applying for a university or college course, chances are that you will have to write a personal statement as part of the application process. In order to give yourself a fighting chance of getting a place on your chosen course, make sure your personal statement stands out and that you are noticed for all the right reasons. Using size 14 Comic Sans in pink might ensure your application is noticed, but it probably won’t be in a positive way. Stick to standard fonts and sizes and let the content of your writing do the talking instead.
It’s all about selling yourself, so don’t be afraid to really shout about your positive attributes, but make sure they relate to the course and what the university is looking for. If you have a talent for downing cider and dancing on tables it’s probably best leaving that one off the statement, and focusing on your more professional attributes instead. That said, you need to inject some personality into your application and so talking about appropriate extra-curricular interests and hobbies you might have are a must. Whether you enjoy reading, team sports, fun runs, baking, knitting or blogging, find ways you can relate your leisure activities to the application.
If you have any responsibilities or roles in your current school or college, such as student rep or writer for the college paper put these down as they show that you are creative, motivated and enthusiastic. And don’t forget to talk about any paid work you might have and any responsibilities involved in this. The skills needed in the world of work are transferable to university, e.g. time management.
Finally, the number one golden rule: don’t lie! If you say you are a fluent French speaker with a passion for foreign literature and are then quizzed on it then you are likely to slip up under pressure. Simply present the very best version of yourself and you will be in with a great chance of getting a place at your chosen university.