Ask John Anything! Personal Statements That Pop. John discusses the importance of the personal statement on the common application and offers his five best tips to help you perfect yours.

A personal statement is an account of your achievements, talents, interests, and goals often included in university applications or for scholarship applications. University personal statements are usually longer and more detailed and are typically three or four paragraphs. Universities may have their own specific requirements, so make sure to heed any word or character limits.

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Write an introduction that reflects you and your personality. It should say why you are interested in the job or degree and, if appropriate, your recent experience with the job type or course topics. Starting a personal statement with sentences that show who you are can help encourage the recipient to read further. write