Tothis end, here are some pointers on writing personalstatements.
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Often when writing personal statements, students fall into the habit of telling and not showing in an effort to squeeze in all their accomplishments, resume-style. They resort to lists:
My desire to work with people is demonstrated by my many interactions as a volunteer. In 1997 I aided elderly and blind residents at the Homewood Retirement Community read their mail and write letters. The following summer, I served food at the local homeless shelter. As secretary of my high school chapter of SADD, I arranged for speakers at several community and school fundraisers. In addition to my volunteer activities, I've held a job since I was twelve. I worked on my uncles farm until I started ninth grade, at which time I was able to get a position as dish washer at a family restaurant. When I got my driver's license, I took a cashier's job at the gift store at Mercy Hospital in Altoona.
Writing a Personal Statement for Nursing School
We've produced this short guide on writing a personal statement to help you with the process, and make sure you don't end up with a that won't sell you to university admissions tutors.
Generally, personal statements are quite specific so if you decide to change the course you are applying for you would need to rewrite your personal statement.Saying why you want to take your course is possibly the most important part of your personal statement.
You can have perfect grades, great extra curricular activities and be a really wonderful person, but if admissions tutors feel you aren't committed to your course, you won't get a place.
Hopefully the notes you have written for the section above have already given you a good idea of what to write about why you want to take your course.
If not then you should at least be sure you want to take that subject - writing a personal statement is a lot of work, and you don't really want to get to the end of it and decide you want to study a different subject. So before you go much further be sure you have chosen the right subject for you.
As mentioned earlier, if you’re still not sure about your choice of course, check out our section on to help you make a final decision.
Remember you don't actually have to choose the course you want to take yet, just have a rough idea of the subject area (or areas) you might be interested in.
Now you need to think about exactly why you want to take this subject. Even if you are 100% sure that this is the course for you, you still need to get this across to the admissions tutors.
If they accept you, you are going to be studying this course for at least the next three years, and you need to convince them that you are committed to it.
Have a think about exactly why the subject appeals to you, and write down as much as you can about it.Now you have some idea of why you're writing a personal statement, you need to think about what you're going to put in it.
You don't need to start thinking about the wording or structure yet - the first thing to do is get down some ideas on what you could include.
The best way to do this is to use a set of headings and write bullet points about how you relate to these headings. Here are some example headings you may wish to think about.Some people may know exactly how they are going to lay out and write their personal statement, but for the rest of us it's a bit more difficult.
Even though you now know what you're going to put in your statement, do you know how to make it read well?
The best way to get an idea of how to go about producing your personal statement is to look at some other people's statements.
This gives you a chance to see the sort of structure and language other people use, how they explained why they wanted to study their chosen course, as well as their own interests and abilities.
When you read through sample personal statements, have your own notes from the section above ready. If you find anything you've done but haven't already thought about, make a note of it.
Reading through lots of personal statements will allow you to judge which ones you think are good or bad, and find parts of statements you really like or dislike. This exercise will come in useful in the next section.
Hopefully your school or college will give you some example personal statements, but if they don't, there are loads of available here at Studential.