Sections of a Personal Statement

It is time to get personal. A personal statement is commonly used in college applications, but it also helps you realize what you have done, what gaps are left to fill, and has lots of good content that you can also use on a future resume.

There are many sections of a person statement. Some of them are about the nuts and bolts about your life, and some make you think a little bit harder.


What is Your Experience

Many personal statements will ask you to elaborate on some of the activities that you have done over the course of your life. This may include volunteer experience, work experience, hobbies or extracurricular activities. Depending on the audience of your personal statement, they may be looking for someone with a lot of focus in one area, or they may be looking for an individual who is well rounded. Since you don’t know what your audience is seeking, the best thing you can do is be honest and complete.


Know Who You Are

Many times, personal statements will have questions about what you perceive your strengths and weaknesses to be. There are other topics that you can include in this as well, including what drives you to succeed, what your passions are and how your experience has helped to shape you. These questions require a little more thought, but you end up learning a lot about yourself in the process.


Know What You Want

The final parts of a personal statement usually deal with what your goals are for the future and how a particular course, school or job can help you succeed. Try to be realistic. This is not the time where you want to state your wish list. It is always good to tie in the other sections to show how your experience has led you to this and how your personal traits will help you succeed.

When asked to write a personal statement, it is important to know what is being asked, to map it out, and to write clear and concise statements. This is not the kind of task that you want to rush through. In fact, it may be better to sit down and do one section at a time, take a break, and complete another. You always have time to revise it before you submit it, but good answers will help you with similar tasks later down the road in life.