When doing your college application, it is always important to have some personal statement tricks up your sleeve. You want to be fully prepared long before the due date. You college application is one of those epic moments in life where you can either do it completely wrong or get it just right. If this means everything to you, there are some tips and tricks you can use to increase your chances of being accepted.
Start as soon as possible
The due date is merely a suggestion of the last possible date to submit your college application. Please do not see this as the day you want to submit yours. Life happens and sometimes things come up. Waiting for the last minute can have disastrous effects. I use to be a big procrastinator and was never left with time to check my personal statement or correct any mistakes. The sooner you start the better.
Create an outline
There are many factors to be considered in a college application, but your personal statement will set you apart from the rest. By creating an outline, you are able to structure your writing in such a way that flows perfectly. When you work without an outline, you may write down random facts, one after the other. This can cause confusion for the committee and may seem like you are jumping form point to point. You want to come across as someone who is organized and puts a lot of effort into every task.
Check your grammar
Your college application is a professional process and requires well written work. There is no excuse to have grammar mistakes in your writing. With all the grammar and spelling checker you have available to you online, you can definitely correct most of these mistakes. Grammar is important for every college student and you want the committee to know that you are ready to start college at their institution. Show that you have put all the effort into your personal statement because this acceptance is important to you.
Proofread and edit
Personal statement proofreading is not a decision you have to make, but rather a given. When we get excited or are nervous during writing, a lot of mistakes can slip through the cracks. By going over your work, you are able to pick up some mistakes that can quickly be corrected. Ask a friend or family member to help you proofread your work. We are a bit biased when it comes to our own writing and may let a few mistakes slide because we believe it is perfectly done. When another person reads it, they have no attachments to the written work and will be more critical. Edit and correct all mistakes before you wrap up your personal statement.
Meet all the requirements
Every college has its own set of requirements and you should not take it for granted that a generic application can be sent to all. Check the list of requirements for every college and create a tick list so that you do not leave anything out. If you need recommendation letters, start asking the individuals you are considering early enough. You want to give them enough time to write a good recommendation letter. Check what the application costs are and get your money matters in order. There should be no deduction for leaving an important piece of information out. Meeting all the requirements is a must and many times not forgiven.
Many college applicants try to sound very professional and educated in their college applications. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to lighten up a bit and try being yourself. The purpose of the personal statement is to let the committee know who you are. If you are a suitable candidate for the college, it should come from you being the true you and not pretending to be someone else. You are good enough, just the way you are and your story is unique. Let the committee base their decision on your journey and chose you because you are exactly who they want to attend the college.
Do not look around you and try and figure out who is better than you or who is more likely to be accepted. Academic results are only a fraction of what the committee will base their decision on so if your score is not the best, it really is not the end of the world. What they are more interested in is what you have achieved outside of school. Are you involved in the community and hwo did you overcome all the obstacles thrown you way. No one’s life is perfect and the college is not looking for perfect people. They are looking for people who are able to succeed no matter what. You have come a long way and this is your moment to shine.
Morgan Booth works as a content manager. She is specialized on writing useful articles for writers, students and people who want to improve their writing skills. Her hobby is yoga, traveling, reading and blogging. Morgan`s life motto is “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”.