Entering a university takes more than good grades, past work or achievements. Most universities require a personal statement – this gives the admissions committee a good gauge of your interest in a specific field of study and how eloquently you are able to convey that interest. While there is no hard and fast rule how a personal statement should sound like, all universities will always be looking for the following:
Universities are looking for students who understand the course’s subject matter and will be able to do well in the field of study they are applying for. Demonstrate to the university that you are a suitable candidate for the course. Do this by expressing your interest and level of dedication to the subject matter. Go beyond “talking” about being interested – SHOW how you have pursued your interest.
Many undergraduate schools, particularly those in specialised scientific fields or business, are looking for ambitious students capable of critical thinking with an idea of what they want to achieve. It is okay to not have a concrete plan, aim to do after graduation. What do you hope to achieve upon graduation?
Creativity and unconventionality are traits that are in greater demand in the workplace today, and that means your personal statement is the first step to letting your personality shine. This is also how you can stand out from a pile of university applications. There is nothing worse than submitting a run-of-the-mill statement you've pieced together using a template that could have been taken off the Internet.
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