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I can’t tell you how many times I get “How long have you been writing?”, You’re such a good writer”, “You are so bold”, “You write with so many emotions”, or a whole lot of… “How should I write my personal statement?”
Personal statement. In reality, we take everything else personal...but with a pen to paper, we never want to get down and dirty about ourselves. It’s hard. Kinda like going to therapy, no one actually wants to write into their wounds...or wrack their brains with “Why am I doing this?”...or share how a potential opportunity fits into their dream. Their REAL dream. Because in doing so, you must expose some sort of vulnerability. You must bleed love, pain, guilt, regret, and/or hope into 500-1,000 words and wait. Wait for whoever is on the other side of the paper to like your statement enough to say “Yes”. Or wait for whatever version of yourself is needed if they say “No.” Some will write for the sake of just listing accomplishments, whether for a prospective employer or university. A resume bottled up in a page or two that shows moments and reasons why you deserve a spot. And that’s cool. But what about your story? What about the trials that made you? The sacrifices that starved you? The experiences that you will never forget.
What is a personal statement?
Traditionally speaking, a personal statement is an account of your achievements, talents, interests, and goals often included in a job or university application. Personal statements for university admissions and jobs have similar content, but admissions personal statements are usually longer and more detailed. These personal statements are one or two pages, whereas job statements are generally a single paragraph. Regardless of the type, it’s important to take note of word/character requirements.
Adia speaking, a personal statement is a time to tell your story. Yeah, you want to mention things you’ve done, places you’ve been, and why you’re a good fit. But, this doesn’t mean you neglect to mention bumps along the way. Adversities. And might I dare even say...trauma (careful. you get to decide how much you spill over.). A personal statement is time...for you to get hella personal. Tell pivotal turning points in your life and what REALLY is your motivation. Tell the “got it out the mud” story. Paint a picture of your community. Share what inspires you and why. Why is the mark you want to leave on this world so important to YOU? It can be easy to get so caught up on simply landing the opportunity that we miss how important this step is- showing your potential business partner, employer, or boss who you are and what you stand for. What you allow...and what you won’t. What bred you. What fed you. How you plan...to continue to eat.
Writing a hella personal ass personal statement doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, breaking it up into a few, smaller steps can help you write your best one yet. Here are some steps:
Congratulations. You’ve written your story and if you followed the tips above, whoever is reading should be honored that you shared your soul with them. I’m proud of you, because writing isn’t easy. And what’s even harder...is storytelling. I hope you didn’t fold, bend, or crumble in telling yours. And no matter where your statement is headed. No matter what happens after you click ‘Submit’. No matter what response you get….You’re still the best. Good luck.
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