今天，我们来分享来自native speaker的建议，如何写好一篇personal statement的十个“要做”。
1.Write for your audience
Your audience are course leaders,university admissions staff,and lecturers most likely between the age of 30 and 50.We're pretty on trend,but you may need to unpack a few things for us,especially when talking about your interests.This makes us happy.
2.Plan and draft
You wouldn't dive into an essay without taking a moment to reflect on your approach-it's the same with your personal statement.It's best to get a first draft written as soon as possible,so you have something to work with.Don't get it right the first time,get it written.
3.Explain why you want to study your subject
Are your course choices related to career aspirations?Or related to academic or work experience?Show you know what your subject will involve and how it relates to your interests.
4.Talk about your interests
Your interests say a lot about you and can often be associated with your chosen subject.Use them to show that you are suitable for the course.
5.Say what you can offer to the course and your future classmates
What will you bring to the table?Is it a wider understanding of your subject,relevant outside interests,or empathy with others?Demonstrate your unique qualities with examples and express how they can benefit others on the course.
6.Evidence your points
You wouldn't make a statement in an essay without backing it up-it's the same for a personal statement.Anything you say should be supported with examples,this also helps the reader build a more accurate picture of you.
7.Listen to your teachers
Your teachers have seen hundreds of personal statements over the years.They are the best people to tell you what works.
8.Break it up
500 words isn't very much,but can look rather inaccessible in one A4 chunk.Use 4-5 paragraphs to discuss different themes and make your work easier on the eye.
9.Write in short sentences and plain English
Avoid long and complicated sentences.Your reader will have a lot of statements to get through and will only spend about five minutes on yours.Being clear and concise wins you favour.
10.Remember that your personal statement is the only thing that separates you from others with the same grades
Use your personal statement to sell yourself.Talk about the story outside the grades.What drives you?What sets you apart from everyone else?