Using our ten-part series on how to write a personal statement that shines as your guide, you now have a rough draft of your personal statement written. The time has come to bring your personal statement to its final version. Part ten of the series shares how to format your statement to make sure that it’s complete and strong.
First, look at the first paragraph of your statement. Is it a strong and attention grabbing opening? Does it make the reader want to finish reading it to find out how it ends? It’s important that your opening paragraph be one of the best paragraphs in the statement. You want to make it compelling enough that it urges the admission officer to read all about you.
After you craft a strong opener, now it’s time to work on the main sections of your personal statement. The supporting paragraphs should spell out the details of the other nine items that should be included in your personal statement (See the nine previous posts if you need a refresher.). And then it’s time for your grand finale. The final paragraph should be a strong conclusion that ties the entire essay together. It’s a reminder of how everything you’ve written comes together. You’ll also want to use your final paragraph to reiterate your interest in attending the college or university to which you’re applying.
Once you work through the ten steps to putting your fabulous personal statement together, you’re ready to add it to your college application package. When you receive your college acceptance letter, it’ll be well worth all of the effort your put into writing it.