A personal statement is a special type of essay that you write usually when you are applying to school or applying for scholarship or grant programs. Personal statements are intended to tell a little bit about who you are and usually explain to the admissions committee why you might be a good fit for their academic program.
When You Write Personal Statements
There are many examples of personal statements that you might have to write. For example, some personal statements include:
- A personal statement for an application to a special gifted and talent program at your school
- A personal statement for an application for admission to college
- A personal statement for an application for admission to graduate school
- A personal statement for an application for admission to business school
- A personal statement for an application for admission to law school
- A personal statement for an application to teach ESL that shows your philosophy of education
Sometimes, you will be given a topic that your personal statement is supposed to discuss. In other cases, you'll just be asked to talk about yourself or why you would be a good fit.
Personal Statements About Why You Want to Attend
One type of personal statement that is commonly written is a statement explaining why you would be a good fit for a specific academic program or about why you would want to attend that program.
Some examples of personal statement ideas that you might use include:
- For admission to a graduate program in education: "When I was a child, I was always looking for role models and my fourth grade teacher stepped up to fill the role. My fourth grade teacher took a personal interest in me and her belief that I could be successful changed my life. I want to be able to give back and provide other children with the same inspiration that I received."
- For admission to a medical school program: "I believe that doctors can shape a society and help a society to grow. Healthcare is the most basic and fundamental of human rights and my goal is to become a doctor so I can work to make sure no one is denied access to the healthcare they need."
- For admission to a law school program: "My first encounter with the legal system was when my friend's parents were wrongfully evicted from their apartment. A lawyer helped them to get their money back and to get back into their home, and the lawyer gave them hope. I, too, want to be able to pursue a noble profession that allows me to give the average person a voice within the legal system."
- For admission to a particular college: "It has always been my dream to study journalism, and College X has the course program that will allow me to pursue my passions and to develop my skills."
Personal Statements About Who You Are
In some cases, your personal statement will be focused not on why you want to attend a school program but instead on who you are and why you would be the right fit. For example, some people might focus on the struggles they overcame in order to be in a position to attend the school. Others might discuss how their unique perspective would make them a valuable addition to the class.
Some examples include:
- As the first person in my family to have the opportunity to attend college, I will value the opportunity to attend your school because I know how important education is in opening doors."
- As an immigrant who came to the United States when I was 15, I believe I have a unique perspective on social issues that will allow me to make valuable contributions in my law school classes.
These types of personal statements are focused on showing that you would be a valuable addition to the class so the admissions committee will be eager to have you attend.
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Examples of Personal Statements
By YourDictionaryA personal statement is a special type of essay that you write usually when you are applying to school or applying for scholarship or grant programs. Personal statements are intended to tell a little bit about who you are and usually explain to the admissions committee why you might be a good fit for their academic program.
Since the first time I ever played a computer game, Sonic the Hedgehog, I have long had a passion for games. I love the fact that a computer games release can cause so much interest from fans that they will be willing to queue for hours outside a shop to get it. I love the feeling a game gives to the player when you have completed it on hard mode. Have you ever laughed so hard at a game you cried? I have plenty of times and that is what makes a good game amongst other things. I have a real keen eye for detail when it comes to designing or coding something, if a piece of work takes extra hours to make it perfect, I will put the hours in outside of college to make it perfect.
I have chosen to study Computer games course at university because I know that my dedication and passion for games along with a university degree in the subject will take me far in the gaming industry. I know that I am right for a computing games course at university because I am already developing the skills needed to design and program games. In college I am learning high level languages such as Pascal, Delphi and SQL. In my own time I am learning the C++ language using Microsoft Visual C++. I also have DarkGDK which is a games development add-on that works with C++ to allow you to make simple games. When not tied up with college work and programming I love to design characters and models that could be used in games I create.
In my Computing course I am developing a stock control database and till program for use in my place of work, this is being done using Delphi programming language. Computing really appeals to me in a way that no other subject does, the feeling of designing, analysing, creating a working program then working in a team to make it perfect is far better in my opinion than sitting and taking notes constantly.
In law I have looked at the civil side in my own time, including many cases put forward against games and their content (like Hellgate London). In philosophy we have been studying moral philosophy, and discussed the morality of films and games. The main qualities I get out of law and philosophy is the ability to think logically and critically which evidently will help me when programming.
When I undertook my work experience I worked for Brimar for two weeks, which specialises in designing and producing cathode ray tubes (CRT) and monitors for civil aviation and military vehicles. During this time I worked in many vital aspects of the company including accounting, gun production and testing of CRT and monitors, my favourite part of the company, however, was the design of the CRTs and monitors, this used CAD production in 2D and 3D to model and render the products.
I am currently working part-time in my familys pub business. I have been working here for several years and cover several roles including serving customers, taking payment, cleaning (not the best bit), stock taking, maintenance and keeping the customers happy. In addition to these listed I also do a lot of work on the computer that advertises events in the pub and maintain the wireless internet connection.
Outside of college I love to go rock climbing, I go every Wednesday with a group of friends to the Manchester climbing centre and spend 6 hours every week progressing through the grades. I am hoping to do the Duke of Edinburgh award later this year with college. I passed my driving test a short while ago, my parents bought me a car and I have just got my first insurance policy, with the ability to drive I have opened a lot of windows for myself, including transport to university.
My dream job in life is to work for a games company which produces multi-platform console games and MMORPGs and a university course involving games design will help me reach that goal.