Personal Statement is sometimes called Statement of Purpose (SOP) as a personal statement gives clear statement of your purpose of choosing to study a certain course at certain institution.
Normally, you will require submitting this statement with the admission application along with your academic credentials. It is an opportunity for you to tell the selectors why you think you would be a suitable student for the course you are applying and why the University should select your application over those of the other candidates. It is therefore vitally important that you make this statement as effective as possible.
Remember, Personal Statement, as the name suggests, is a statement that is very ‘personal’ to you – related to your past and current attainments and your future pursuance. Therefore, it has to be an ‘original’ statement – if it is copied from somewhere else or written by someone else, it won’t be personal anymore and on the other hand, it may constitute to plagiarism and your admission application can be cancelled or unsuccessful.
As a guideline, we recommend you to cover the following areas in your personal statement -
6 steps to success (6s2s)
Your choice of course and why
State what course and subject you want to pursue and why you have chosen to study this
Relate your accomplishments
Give statement of your past and current accomplishments that make you particularly suitable to study the course, establish similarities and how those will complement the chosen subject
State you learning targets
State what you aim to learn from the chosen course and how they will benefit you - how your current level of knowledge and skills will be enhanced to advanced level by following the programme of study
State progressions plans
State what academic progressions you will achieve and what career options you will be entitled for on completion in particular in your home country
Reasons for choice of university
State the reasons for choosing the particular university and why you preferred this one over others in that country
Reasons for choice of country
State why you have chosen this country as your higher education destination and are not studying at your home country or choosing other countries
Presentation and Style
- Show your enthusiasm and commitment
- Start with interesting opening sentence that persuade the reader
- Establish your academic insight and prove your understanding about the intended study
- Write in short paragraphs and make them connected, use simple English
- Organise it in logical order, check spelling, grammar and punctuations.
As a general guideline, the length of personal statement should be between 500 to 800
words depending on the level of course you are applying for.
For more more details on how to write a personal statement for University admission, check this blog.
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