Your CV And NCS

If you’ve taken part in an NCS experience, you’ll have had loads of experiences that’ll spice up your CV and give you something to talk about in interviews and on application forms. Check out what Ellie has to say about including NCS in your CV…

Are you looking to write a CV for your first job? Beginning to work on your UCAS statement? Or do you have an interview coming up and you want to show off your skills? Well, NCS can help! 

Why is it important that I include NCS On my CV/UCAS application?

Long story short, employers and universities love NCS. They are going to be immediately drawn to people who have extra curricular experience because of the attributes that it shows about you. It shows that you are willing to participate in things, go out of your comfort zone and that you are willing to meet new people. These are all things that employers/universities look for and just by saying you’ve been on NCS, it shows them all of those skills!

How do I include NCS on my cv/personal statement?

You probably did a lot on NCS, so it can be hard to condense all of it and pick out the important parts. I would recommend picking out moments that show that you’ve gained skills. For example, I wrote about how I was the designated leader for the day when organising our social action project, and I helped to organise a stand for our fundraising day. Now that may seem like a small thing, but it shows that I have leadership skills and that is appealing to employers/universities.

However, it’s not just leadership skills you could talk about. Skills like gaining more confidence, teamwork, communication, patience, problem solving, all of these can be used. Don’t be afraid to add your personality and emotion into it as well! Mention how proud you were that you met new friends, or how you overcame your fears to climb the Jacob’s ladder for example. This will allow them to see you as a person and feel that they know you a little bit better. 

And just remember, especially for UCAS, you might not think that the skills you’ve gained on NCS fit the job or university course you’re looking for, but they do! For example, leadership skills can be applied to a restaurant job or an English course. So don’t be afraid to talk about any skills you’ve gained, no matter how big or small!

how can i talk about ncs in interviews?

So, you’ve written out an amazing CV, you’ve aced that UCAS statement and you’ve got yourself an interview. Now what? This probably seems much more daunting, but don’t worry, this is your chance to talk more in depth about your NCS experience and why you feel it will help you in this job/university course.

You’re probably wondering how to talk about NCS without making it forced. If they ask about it then that’s great, but what if they don’t? It’s okay, from my experience, the key is to just take your time. When the interviewer asks you a question, don’t feel the need to rush for an answer, take your time and think, ‘can I talk about NCS for this question?’. This way you can find when talking about NCS is needed and when it isn’t, and you can avoid talking about it too much too. It might also be a good idea to look up some popular interview questions online and have a think about whether you could use your NCS experience to answer some of them!

In conclusion, including NCS in my CV and UCAS statement has helped me get a good job and has helped me get into the university that I wanted, and I hope it can for you too. Having said that, sometimes life doesn’t always go to plan so if it doesn’t work out, don’t be discouraged...there is always time to alter and try again. Good luck! 


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Expert Tips For Making A Successful Sixth Form Application

The following expert tips, advice and guidance will enhance your application and give you a greater chance of success. Please read carefully.  It’s important to remember that applying to any Sixth Form is a competitive process and even more so when you apply to the NCS.

Start your application by clicking on the button on the bottom of this page from January 1st.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do applications open.

We’ll be welcoming online applications from 1st January 2024.

When do applications close?

You must submit your application by 18:00 on 9th February 2024.

Do I have to fill in the form in one go?

No. You will be able to save your application as a draft as many times as you like. This will allow you to complete it at your own pace and check the contents. However, you must submit your completed form by the deadline .

What do I need to complete the form?

The form must be completed online. We will ask you to create an account so that you can save your drafts before submitting.

Ensure you only use your personal email address to register your account and in sections about your personal information.

Applications registered with a school email address will not be taken into consideration.

Don’t have a personal email address? You can easily setup a free account with Gmail , Microsoft Outlook , etc.

I’ve made a mistake in my personal statement, can I submit another application?

You can only submit one application form. Please make use of our drafts feature to check the details and statements in your application before submitting.

Do I benefit from submitting my application straight away?

No! You gain no advantage from being the first to submit your form. We’d much rather you spent the time checking the content and making sure you submit the best application possible. However, you must submit your form by the deadline.

Do I need a referee?

Yes. You will need to provide details of a teacher at your current school. This is usually your year head. Do not panic if we don’t contact referees to check your statement and predicted grades are accurate immediately. We received over 3000 applications last year and it takes some time to contact every single referee.

When will I know if I’m successful?

We will respond to all applicants by 31st May 2024.  If you haven’t heard from us by this date please do get in touch to find out about the status of your application.

Do you have any tips for making my application stand out from the crowd?

Yes! We do! Please read our guide below…

Top Tips For Applications

Top tip 1 – research.

Before you begin to put pen to paper in writing your personal statement carry out as much research on The NCS as you can. There is plenty of information on our website and our Twitter thread to give you an insight into the type of Sixth Form we are and our ethos and philosophy. You should also watch the many videos we have created as this will also provide you with invaluable insight into what our students and teachers think about the NCS and the range of opportunities we provide for our students.

Top Tip 2 – The Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an extremely important part of your application to the NCS as it provides us with key information about you and your interests, it’s vital that you spend time thinking about what you want to include so you present yourself in the best possible light.

Once you have completed all your research begin to draft your personal statement. Your personal statement should be no longer than 800 words and include information about the reasons why you have decided to apply to the NCS (this is where the research comes in!), what your future ambitions are (this does not have to be career focussed if you are not sure what you want to do yet) and what subjects you wish to study and why. You will have an additional 500 words to discuss outside hobbies and interests. We want to know more about you and whether you believe like us that through education you can become a future leader.

Once you have drafted your personal statement it’s always good to get someone else to read it and give you a critical perspective. This could be your parent, carer, teacher, friend or mentor but it’s important whoever you choose they are honest and open with you and give you constructive feedback.

Once you are happy with the content of your personal statement and you have drafted and redrafted it several times it’s important that you check your statement meticulously ensuring there are no grammatical or punctuation mistakes. Submitting a flawless personal statement says a lot about your attention to detail and the pride you take in your work.

Please note: Our application system uses detection software to quickly identify statements that have been written by (in part or full) AI language models and/or have been plagiarised. Any detected use of AI or plagiarised content may invalidate a student’s application to join us. 

Top Tip 3 – The Application Form/Referee

Make sure that you take the time to ensure that all your contact details are correct especially your email address as this will be our primary method for contacting you. Check and double check the form before submitting it. This year you will be required to login to our application form. This will give you the ability to save your progress and ensure that everything is correct before you submit your application. You will only be able to submit the form once.

There will also be a teacher in your school, usually your head of year with responsibility for providing a reference for you and it’s important to find out who this person is before you provide their details. It is also courteous to ask the teacher whether they will be your referee before inserting their details on to the application form. Again ensure that their contact details are accurate and it must be their school email. We will not accept references submitted from a personal email address.

Information you will need to complete the form:

  • Your contact details.
  • You parents’ contact details.
  • Your unique learner and student numbers.
  • Your unique candidate identifier.
  • Details of any special educational needs.
  • If you have one, your Education Health Care Plan ready to upload.
  • Your predicted grades.
  • A referee’s contact information from your current school.
  • Your personal statement.

Top Tip 4 – Predicted Grades

On our website you will find our general and subject specific entry criteria for the NCS, please ensure you read these carefully before deciding which subjects you want to apply for. You will be required to enter your predicted grades on our application form.  Please note we will verify your predicted grades with your teacher to make sure you have inserted them correctly. It is important to choose subjects where you meet our entry criteria to give you a better chance of success in being made an offer.

Please note, where the predicted grades submitted on the application form differ from the ones provided by the school we will take the school’s predicted grades when making offer decisions.  We reserve the right to rescind an offer where the school’s predicted grades for the applicant fail to meet The NCS’ entry criteria.

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A personal statement is a key part of your university application process and allows the university to get a feel for who you are, your interests and, most importantly, whether you would be a good candidate for their course. Whilst your grades are important in determining whether you get a place at the university of your choice, a good personal statement can set you apart from other students who may be predicted to achieve the same grades as you. In this post, I will highlight some top tips on how to write a personal statement that helps you stand out!

1) Plan, plan, plan

Before you begin writing up your personal statement, it’s important to plan what you want to include in it that will help you stand out. The short word count of 4000 characters, not words but characters, can quickly be filled up so make sure to include the most important and relevant bits of information in your personal statement. In the planning process make sure to consider the following

  • What course will I be studying and why am I interested in studying this course?
  • What experience do I have that is relevant?
  • What other interests and skills do I have?

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2) Be unique!

After reading loads and loads of example personal statements, it can be easy to just follow the structure of a personal statement that you have read. However, the Admissions team at the universities you will be applying to would have read thousands of different personal statements that follow the same structure. Try and be original and rather than just using the same clichés “I have wanted to study * insert course name here * from a young age”, switch it up and focus on why it is important for you to study this course and use examples that support your statements.

3) Use relevant experience!

Whilst there are ways to incorporate your NCS experience into your personal statement about studying Psychology, it is important to focus on using as much relevant experience as you can! As I was applying to study English Literature with film studies, I had to incorporate experience for both English literature and film in one personal statement. I focused on my most important experiences for English Literature as that was the main part of my course. For film studies, I noticed I did not have as much experience, so I focused on skills I have gained through my summer school as well as the skills I gained through my A levels. It can be hard to mention experiences that are not super relevant to the course so try and focus on skills you have gained through your A levels.

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4) Check for spelling and grammar!

This might seem self-explanatory, but you would be surprised at how many small spelling mistakes get forgotten in a personal statement. Try and ask a friend or teacher to read over your personal statement and look out for any spelling and grammar mistakes that you may have missed. However,…

5) Try not to have lots of people read your personal statement

I realised that I had too many people reading my personal statement and I really struggled with who to listen to as I was getting lots of different opinions. I was getting specific advice from my friends, teachers, form tutor, head of year, and career supervisor which was too much. I decided to just take the advice of my English teacher and career supervisor as it was what felt right to me. Whilst it is great knowing that a lot of people want to help you with your personal statement, too much help can make things more difficult.

Best of luck to everyone that is applying for university and good luck with writing your personal statements. If you want to know more about the process of applying to university check out the link on how to apply for an undergraduate course at Surrey and find out more information here for guidance on personal statements .

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Sixth Form Personal Statement Examples and Guide

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Coming to the end of secondary school but thinking of finishing somewhere new?

Sixth form colleges can be fiercely competitive – and most admissions personnel expect a personal statement.

An excellent personal statement can make all the difference to your chances, you need to know:

  • what to include, 
  • the best structure to use, and 
  • how to stand out against all those other applicants. 

Let’s break it down, step by step.

If you want this guide and template in a PDF, grab it by clicking the button below .

  • 1.1 Introduce Yourself 🌟
  • 1.2 Share Your Achievements 🏆
  • 1.3 Future Forward 🔮
  • 1.4 Quick School Tips to Keep in Mind:
  • 1.5 How long should my sixth form personal statement be?
  • 1.6 Still stumped? 
  • 2 Sixth Form Personal Statement Structure
  • 3 Make Your Personal Statement Stand Out
  • 4 Year 11 Personal Statement Examples
  • 5.1 Useful Sentence Starters
  • 5.2 Skill Examples
  • 5.3 Personal Qualities to reference
  • 6 Sixth Form Application Template

How to write a Personal Statement for Sixth Form College

Introduce yourself 🌟.

Your personal statement is your canvas.

Paint a picture of who you are. Keep it authentic and positive.

What qualities make you unique?

Maybe you’re fiercely independent or the most dependable friend someone can have.

Let your true colours shine!

Share Your Achievements 🏆

Both inside and outside the classroom, your experiences matter.

If you’ve done work experience that’s shaped your career or course choices, highlight it.

And hey, if you’ve got that Certificate of Commendation, flaunt it!

Future Forward 🔮

Where do you see yourself going?

Maybe you have your eyes set on a specific college or apprenticeship.

While it’s okay to keep it general, don’t shy away from sharing your future career plans.

Show them you’ve got vision!

Quick School Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • Honesty is the Best Policy: No need to exaggerate or be someone you’re not.
  • Stay Positive: Talk about what you love, not what you dislike.
  • First Draft: Start on paper, get feedback, and then finalize your statement.
  • Back It Up: Always keep a backup of your statement. You never know when you might want to tweak it.

How long should my sixth form personal statement be?

This varies from college to college, so make sure to check their website. Most however want a single page.

The prestigious Hill’s Road college in Cambridge says it should be no longer than a side of A4.

Need inspiration? 

Remember, every student has their own journey. 

From the student who relishes in the joy of reading in their spare time, to the one who’s passionate about Business Studies because they see the real-life applications. 

Or even the one who’s had work experience that transformed their outlook.

Use their stories to inspire your own narrative.

Still stumped? 

No worries. 

Download our template to guide your thoughts.

In less than 30 minutes you can piece together your story, achievements, and aspirations and have your final draft ready.

As you write, envision the future you want and bridge the gap between where you stand today and where you want to be.  

Your journey is unique, and your personal statement should reflect that.

Happy writing, and here’s to the next chapter of your educational journey! 📘🌱

Sixth Form Personal Statement Structure

This isn’t set in stone, but it does make sense to begin with personal qualities and end with future aspirations. 

Don’t get stuck on the structure, well written content is much more important!

Everyone should cover these core topics:

  • Personal Qualities
  • Academic Achievements
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Part-time work
  • Work Experience Reflection
  • Immediate and Long Term Future Aspirations

Make Your Personal Statement Stand Out

In the sea of applications, a standout personal statement can be your ticket to catching the attention of admissions.

Yes the basics, such as showcasing your academic achievements and explaining your passion for your chosen courses, are essential.

But there are several strategies to give your statement that extra edge:

Tell a Story: Everyone loves a good story.

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Instead of just listing your achievements, weave them into a narrative.

Did a particular event in your life steer you towards a subject? Maybe a family trip ignited your passion for geography, or a community service project made you realize the value of teamwork and leadership. Sharing these stories provides context and makes your statement more memorable.

Be Authentic: It’s tempting to write what you think admissions officers want to hear, but they can spot inauthenticity. Speak your truth. If you’re passionate about something unconventional or have a hobby that’s out of the ordinary, share it! It might just be the thing that sets you apart.

Use Vivid Imagery: While you shouldn’t be overly verbose, using descriptive language can paint a picture in the reader’s mind.

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Instead of saying, “I love history,” you might write, “I’m captivated by the tapestry of events, people, and decisions that have shaped our world, like the intricate dance of diplomacy during the Renaissance.” Don’t write fluff for the sake of it, give some real detail!

Quick Impact Techniques: If you feel your statement might still blend into the crowd, consider starting with a powerful, thought-provoking question related to your chosen field of study to engage the reader immediately.

Seek Feedback: Sometimes, we’re too close to our own writing to see its strengths and weaknesses.

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Have a teacher, mentor, or parent review your statement. They might offer insights or perspectives you hadn’t considered.

Remember, your personal statement is a reflection of who you are and your journey thus far. While it’s essential to stand out, ensure that you’re doing so in a way that remains true to yourself and your experiences.

Year 11 Personal Statement Examples

Starter sentences, skills and qualities, useful sentence starters, skill examples, personal qualities to reference, sixth form application template.

Download this guide using the button above or grab a pen and paper and make your first draft using the points below.

Course Choices:

  • First Choice: _________________________________
  • Second Choice: _______________________________
  • Third Choice: ________________________________

Personal Qualities:

  • I describe myself as: _____________________________________________. [Examples: proactive, innovative, a team player, empathetic, analytical, resilient]
  • Passions and Interests: I have a keen interest in _____________________________ and also enjoy _________________________. [Examples: exploring diverse cultures, performing arts, engaging in community service, technology trends, reading historical novels]

Academic Pursuits:

  • My favourite subjects at school are: ____________________________________ Reasons: (Provide depth about why these subjects resonate with you.)
  • Achievements this Year: This academic year, I’ve made it a priority to ____________________________________________________________. [Examples: expand my reading beyond the curriculum, lead group projects, engage in peer tutoring, delve into practical applications of my subjects]
  • Recognitions/Awards: Mention any accolades here and provide context if necessary. For instance: ___________________________________________

Extracurricular Activities and Part-time Work:

  • Outside School: In my free time, I’m actively involved in ___________________________________________________________. [Examples: a leadership role in a youth community group, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring peers in maths]
  • Work Experience: I undertook my work placement at __________________________________ Role and Responsibilities: During my time there, I ______________________________ [Discuss the skills you acquired, challenges faced, and your accomplishments]

Reflections on Work Experience:

  • Personal Growth: My experience at _______________________ allowed me to ___________________________________________. [Examples: understand the intricacies of the corporate world, develop my problem-solving skills, understand the value of customer service]
  • Career Insights: My time there made me realise that I’m inclined towards _______________________ or alternatively made me reconsider and think about ________________________________________________.

Future Aspirations:

  • Academic/Career Pathway: I aim to study ___________________________ at college or consider an apprenticeship in ___________________.
  • Long-term Vision: Post my academic journey, I envision myself working as _____________________/engaging in ____________________ because __________________________. [Examples: I want to make a difference in environmental policies, the dynamics of financial markets intrigue me, I wish to explore innovative solutions in software development]

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How to Write a Personal Statement (with Tips and Examples)

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What is a personal statement, 6 tips on how to write a personal statement, personal statement examples (for college and university), faqs about writing personal statements, conclusion on how to write a personal statement.

How do you tell someone who you are in just a few hundred words?

It’s certainly no easy task, but it’s one almost every college applicant must do. The personal statement is a crucial part of any college or university application.

So, how do you write a compelling personal statement?

In this article, we’ll give you all the tools, tips, and examples you need to write an effective personal statement.

A personal statement is a short essay that reveals something important about who you are. It can talk about your background, your interests, your values, your goals in life, or all of the above.

Personal statements are required by many college admission offices and scholarship selection committees. They’re a key part of your application, alongside your academic transcript, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities.

The reason application committees ask you to write a personal statement is so they can get to know who you are. 

Some personal statements have specific prompts, such as “Discuss a period of personal growth in your life” or “Tell us about a challenge or failure you’ve faced.” Others are more open-ended with prompts that essentially boil down to “Tell us about yourself.”

No matter what the prompt is, your goal is the same: to make yourself stand out to the selection committee as a strong candidate for their program.

Here are some things a personal statement can be:

It can be funny. If you have a great sense of humor, your personal statement is a great place to let that shine.  

It can be vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to open up about hardships in your life or failures you’ve experienced. Showing vulnerability can make you sound more like a real person rather than just a collection of application materials.  

It can be creative. Candidates have got into top schools with personal statements that take the form of “a day in the life” descriptions, third-person short stories, and even cooking recipes.

Now we’ve talked about what a personal statement is, let’s quickly look at what a personal statement isn’t:

It isn’t a formal academic paper. You should write the personal statement in your natural voice, using first-person pronouns like “I” and “me,” not in the formal, objective language you would use to write an academic paper.

It isn’t a five-paragraph essay. You should use as many paragraphs as you need to tell your story instead of sticking to the essay structure you learned in school.

It isn’t a resumé. You should try to describe yourself by telling a clear and cohesive story rather than providing a jumbled list of all of your accomplishments and ambitions.

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Here are our top six tips for writing a strong personal statement.

Tip 1: Do Some Serious Self-Reflection

The hardest part of writing a personal statement isn’t the actual process of writing it.

Before you start typing, you have to figure out what to write about. And that means taking some time to reflect on who you are and what’s important in your life.

Here are some useful questions you can use to start your self-reflection. You can either answer these on your own by writing down your answers, or you can ask a trusted friend to listen as you talk about them together.

What were the key moments that shaped your life? (e.g. an important friendship, a travel experience, an illness or injury)

What are you proud of? (e.g. you’re a good listener, you always keep your promises, you’re a talented musician)

How do you choose to spend your time? (e.g. reading, practicing soccer, spending time with your friends)

What inspires you? (e.g. your grandmother, a celebrity, your favorite song)

Doing this self-reflection is crucial for figuring out the perfect topics and anecdotes you can use to describe who you are.

Tip 2: Try to Avoid Cliché Topics

College application committees read thousands of personal statements a year. That means there are some personal statement topics they see over and over again.

Here are a few examples of common personal statement topics that have become cliché:

Winning a tournament or sports game

Volunteering in a foreign country

Moving to a new home

Becoming an older sibling

Being an immigrant or having immigrant parents

If you want to make a strong impression in the application process, you need to make your personal statement stand out from the crowd.

But if your chosen personal statement topic falls into one of these categories, that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t use it. Just make sure to put a unique spin on it so it still delivers something the committee hasn’t seen before.

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Tip 3: Show, Don’t Tell

One common mistake you might make in your personal statement is to simply tell the reader what you want them to know about you, such as by stating “I have a fear of public speaking” or “I love to cook.”

Instead of simply stating these facts, you should show the committee what you’re talking about through a story or scene, which will make your essay much more immersive and memorable.

For example, let’s say you want the committee to know you overcame your fear of public speaking. Instead of writing “I overcame my fear of public speaking,” show them what it was like to be onstage in front of a microphone. Did your palms get clammy? Did you feel light-headed? Did you forget your words?

Or let’s say you want the committee to know you love to cook. Instead of writing “I love to cook,” show them why you love to cook. What’s your favorite dish to cook? What does the air smell like when you’re cooking it? What kitchen appliances do you use to make it?

Tip 4: Connect the Story to Why You’re Applying

Don’t forget that the purpose of your personal statement isn’t simply to tell the admissions committee who you are. That’s an important part of it, of course, but your ultimate goal is to convince them to choose you as a candidate.

That means it’s important to tie your personal story to your reasons for applying to this specific school or scholarship. Finish your essay with a strong thesis.

For example, if your story is about overcoming your fear of public speaking, you might connect that story to your ambition of becoming a politician. You can then tie that to your application by saying, “I want to apply to this school because of its fantastic politics program, which will give me a perfect opportunity to use my voice.”

Tip 5: Write in Your Own Voice

The personal statement isn’t supposed to be written in a formal tone. That’s why they’re called “personal” statements because you have to shape it to fit your own voice and style.

Don’t use complicated or overwrought language. You don’t need to fill your essay with semicolons and big words, unless that’s how you sound in real life.

One way to write in your own voice is by speaking your personal statement out loud. If it doesn’t feel natural, it may need changing. 

Tip 6: Edit, Edit, Edit!

It’s important to revise your personal statement multiple times in order to make sure it’s as close to perfect as possible.

A single typo won’t kill your application, but if your personal statement contains multiple spelling errors or egregious grammar mistakes, you won’t be putting your best foot forward.

ProWritingAid can help you make sure your personal statement is as clean as possible. In addition to catching your grammar errors, typos, and punctuation mistakes, it will also help you improve weaknesses in your writing, such as passive voice, unnecessary repetition, and more.

Let’s look at some of the best personal statements that have worked for successful candidates in the real world. 

Harvard Personal Statement Example

Love. For a word describing such a powerful emotion, it is always in the air. The word “love” has become so pervasive in everyday conversation that it hardly retains its roots in blazing passion and deep adoration. In fact, the word is thrown about so much that it becomes difficult to believe society isn’t just one huge, smitten party, with everyone holding hands and singing “Kumbaya.” In films, it’s the teenage boy’s grudging response to a doting mother. At school, it’s a habitual farewell between friends. But in my Chinese home, it’s never uttered. Watching my grandmother lie unconscious on the hospital bed, waiting for her body to shut down, was excruciatingly painful. Her final quavering breaths formed a discordant rhythm with the steady beep of hospital equipment and the unsympathetic tapping hands of the clock. That evening, I whispered—into unhearing ears—the first, and only, “I love you” I ever said to her, my rankling guilt haunting me relentlessly for weeks after her passing. My warm confession seemed anticlimactic, met with only the coldness of my surroundings—the blank room, impassive doctors, and empty silence. I struggled to understand why the “love” that so easily rolled off my tongue when bantering with friends dissipated from my vocabulary when I spoke to my family. Do Chinese people simply love less than Americans do?

This is an excerpt from a personal statement that got the applicant admitted to Harvard University. The applicant discusses her background as a Chinese-American by musing on the word “love” and what that means within her family.

The writer uses vulnerable details about her relationship with her grandmother to give the reader an understanding of where she comes from and how her family has shaped her.  

You can read the full personal statement on the Harvard Crimson website.

Tufts Personal Statement Example

My first dream job was to be a pickle truck driver. I saw it in my favorite book, Richard Scarry’s “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go,” and for some reason, I was absolutely obsessed with the idea of driving a giant pickle. Much to the discontent of my younger sister, I insisted that my parents read us that book as many nights as possible so we could find goldbug, a small little golden bug, on every page. I would imagine the wonderful life I would have: being a pig driving a giant pickle truck across the country, chasing and finding goldbug. I then moved on to wanting to be a Lego Master. Then an architect. Then a surgeon. Then I discovered a real goldbug: gold nanoparticles that can reprogram macrophages to assist in killing tumors, produce clear images of them without sacrificing the subject, and heat them to obliteration. Suddenly the destination of my pickle was clear. I quickly became enveloped by the world of nanomedicine; I scoured articles about liposomes, polymeric micelles, dendrimers, targeting ligands, and self-assembling nanoparticles, all conquering cancer in some exotic way. Completely absorbed, I set out to find a mentor to dive even deeper into these topics. After several rejections, I was immensely grateful to receive an invitation to work alongside Dr. Sangeeta Ray at Johns Hopkins.

This is the beginning of a personal statement by Renner Kwittken, who was admitted into Tufts University as a pre-medical student.

Renner uses a humorous anecdote about being a pickle truck driver to describe his love for nanomedicine and how he got involved in his field. You can feel his passion for medicine throughout his personal statement.

You can find Renner’s full essay on the Tufts Admissions page.

Law School Personal Statement Essay Example

For most people, the slap on the face that turns their life around is figurative. Mine was literal. Actually, it was a punch delivered by a drill sergeant at Fort Dix, New Jersey, while I was in basic training. That day’s activity, just a few weeks into the program, included instruction in “low-crawling,” a sensible method of moving from one place to another on a battlefield. I felt rather clever for having discovered that, by looking right rather than down, I eliminated my helmet’s unfortunate tendency to dig into the ground and slow my progress. I could thus advance more easily, but I also exposed my unprotected face to hostile fire. Drill sergeants are typically very good at detecting this type of laziness, and mine was an excellent drill sergeant. So, after his repeated suggestions that I correct my performance went unheeded, he drove home his point with a fist to my face. We were both stunned. This was, after all, the New Army, and striking a trainee was a career-ending move for a drill sergeant, as we were both aware. I could have reported him; arguably, I should have. I didn’t. It didn’t seem right for this good sergeant, who had not slept for almost four days, to lose his career for losing his temper with my laziness. Choosing not to report him was the first decision I remember making that made me proud.

These are the first three paragraphs of an anonymous personal statement by a Wheaton College graduate, who used this personal statement to get into a top-25 law school.

This statement describes a time the applicant faced a challenging decision while in the army. He ended up making a decision he was proud of, and as a result, the personal statement gives us a sense of his character.

You can find the full essay on the Wheaton Academics website.

Here are some common questions about how to write a personal statement.

How Long Should a Personal Statement Be?

The length of your personal statement depends on the specific program you’re applying to. The application guidelines usually specify a maximum word count or an ideal word count.  

Most personal statements are between 500–800 words. That’s a good general range to aim for if you don’t have more specific guidelines.  

Should Personal Statements Be Different for Scholarships?

Many scholarship applications will ask for personal statements with similar prompts to those of college applications.

However, the purpose of a personal statement you’d write for a scholarship application is different from the purpose of one you’d write for a college application.

For a scholarship application, your goal is to showcase why you deserve the scholarship. To do that, you need to understand the mission of the organization offering that scholarship.

For example, some scholarships are meant to help first-generation college students get their degree, while others are meant to help women break into STEM.

Consider the following questions:

Why is this organization offering scholarships?

What would their ideal scholarship candidate look like?

How do your experiences and goals overlap with those of their ideal scholarship candidate?

You can use the same personal anecdotes you’d use for any other personal statement, but you’ll have a better chance of winning the scholarship if you tailor your essay to match their specific mission.

How to Start a Personal Statement

You should start your personal statement with a “hook” that pulls the reader in. The sooner you catch the reader’s attention, the more likely they’ll want to read the entire essay.

Here are some examples of hooks you can use:

A story (e.g. When the spotlight hit my face, I tried to remind myself to breathe. )

A setting description (e.g. My bedroom floor is covered with dirty laundry, candy wrappers, and crumpled sheet music. )

A funny anecdote (e.g. When I was a little kid, my friends nicknamed me Mowgli because of my haircut. )

A surprising fact (e.g. I've lived in 37 countries .)

There you have it—our complete guide to writing a personal statement that will make you stand out to the application committee.

Here’s a quick recap: 

A personal statement is a short essay that shows an application committee who you are

Start with a strong hook that pulls the reader in

Tell a story to engage the reader 

Write in your own voice, not in a formal tone

Good luck, and happy writing!

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A few adjustments can get your application noticed.

Whether applying for a summer internship, a professional development opportunity, such as a Fulbright, an executive MBA program, or a senior leadership development course, a personal statement threads the ideas of your CV, and is longer and has a different tone and purpose than a traditional cover letter. A few adjustments to your personal statement can get your application noticed by the reviewer.

  • Make sure you’re writing what they want to hear. Most organizations that offer a fellowship or internship are using the experience as a pipeline: It’s smart to spend 10 weeks and $15,000 on someone before committing five years and $300,000. Rarely are the organizations being charitable or altruistic, so align your stated goals with theirs
  • Know when to bury the lead, and when to get to the point. It’s hard to paint a picture and explain your motivations in 200 words, but if you have two pages, give the reader a story arc or ease into your point by setting the scene.
  • Recognize that the reviewer will be reading your statement subjectively, meaning you’re being assessed on unknowable criteria. Most people on evaluation committees are reading for whether or not you’re interesting. Stated differently, do they want to go out to dinner with you to hear more? Write it so that the person reading it wants to hear more.
  • Address the elephant in the room (if there is one). Maybe your grades weren’t great in core courses, or perhaps you’ve never worked in the field you’re applying to. Make sure to address the deficiency rather than hoping the reader ignores it because they won’t. A few sentences suffice. Deficiencies do not need to be the cornerstone of the application.

At multiple points in your life, you will need to take action to transition from where you are to where you want to be. This process is layered and time-consuming, and getting yourself to stand out among the masses is an arduous but not impossible task. Having a polished resume that explains what you’ve done is the common first step. But, when an application asks for it, a personal statement can add color and depth to your list of accomplishments. It moves you from a one-dimensional indistinguishable candidate to someone with drive, interest, and nuance.

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How to Write Your Personal Statement | Strategies & Examples

Published on February 12, 2019 by Shona McCombes . Revised on July 3, 2023.

A personal statement is a short essay of around 500–1,000 words, in which you tell a compelling story about who you are, what drives you, and why you’re applying.

To write a successful personal statement for a graduate school application , don’t just summarize your experience; instead, craft a focused narrative in your own voice. Aim to demonstrate three things:

  • Your personality: what are your interests, values, and motivations?
  • Your talents: what can you bring to the program?
  • Your goals: what do you hope the program will do for you?

This article guides you through some winning strategies to build a strong, well-structured personal statement for a master’s or PhD application. You can download the full examples below.

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Getting started with your personal statement, the introduction: start with an attention-grabbing opening, the main body: craft your narrative, the conclusion: look ahead, revising, editing, and proofreading your personal statement, frequently asked questions, other interesting articles.

Before you start writing, the first step is to understand exactly what’s expected of you. If the application gives you a question or prompt for your personal statement, the most important thing is to respond to it directly.

For example, you might be asked to focus on the development of your personal identity; challenges you have faced in your life; or your career motivations. This will shape your focus and emphasis—but you still need to find your own unique approach to answering it.

There’s no universal template for a personal statement; it’s your chance to be creative and let your own voice shine through. But there are strategies you can use to build a compelling, well-structured story.

The first paragraph of your personal statement should set the tone and lead smoothly into the story you want to tell.

Strategy 1: Open with a concrete scene

An effective way to catch the reader’s attention is to set up a scene that illustrates something about your character and interests. If you’re stuck, try thinking about:

  • A personal experience that changed your perspective
  • A story from your family’s history
  • A memorable teacher or learning experience
  • An unusual or unexpected encounter

To write an effective scene, try to go beyond straightforward description; start with an intriguing sentence that pulls the reader in, and give concrete details to create a convincing atmosphere.

Strategy 2: Open with your motivations

To emphasize your enthusiasm and commitment, you can start by explaining your interest in the subject you want to study or the career path you want to follow.

Just stating that it interests you isn’t enough: first, you need to figure out why you’re interested in this field:

  • Is it a longstanding passion or a recent discovery?
  • Does it come naturally or have you had to work hard at it?
  • How does it fit into the rest of your life?
  • What do you think it contributes to society?

Tips for the introduction

  • Don’t start on a cliche: avoid phrases like “Ever since I was a child…” or “For as long as I can remember…”
  • Do save the introduction for last. If you’re struggling to come up with a strong opening, leave it aside, and note down any interesting ideas that occur to you as you write the rest of the personal statement.

Once you’ve set up the main themes of your personal statement, you’ll delve into more detail about your experiences and motivations.

To structure the body of your personal statement, there are various strategies you can use.

Strategy 1: Describe your development over time

One of the simplest strategies is to give a chronological overview of key experiences that have led you to apply for graduate school.

  • What first sparked your interest in the field?
  • Which classes, assignments, classmates, internships, or other activities helped you develop your knowledge and skills?
  • Where do you want to go next? How does this program fit into your future plans?

Don’t try to include absolutely everything you’ve done—pick out highlights that are relevant to your application. Aim to craft a compelling narrative that shows how you’ve changed and actively developed yourself.

My interest in psychology was first sparked early in my high school career. Though somewhat scientifically inclined, I found that what interested me most was not the equations we learned about in physics and chemistry, but the motivations and perceptions of my fellow students, and the subtle social dynamics that I observed inside and outside the classroom. I wanted to learn how our identities, beliefs, and behaviours are shaped through our interactions with others, so I decided to major in Social Psychology. My undergraduate studies deepened my understanding of, and fascination with, the interplay between an individual mind and its social context.During my studies, I acquired a solid foundation of knowledge about concepts like social influence and group dynamics, but I also took classes on various topics not strictly related to my major. I was particularly interested in how other fields intersect with psychology—the classes I took on media studies, biology, and literature all enhanced my understanding of psychological concepts by providing different lenses through which to look at the issues involved.

Strategy 2: Own your challenges and obstacles

If your path to graduate school hasn’t been easy or straightforward, you can turn this into a strength, and structure your personal statement as a story of overcoming obstacles.

  • Is your social, cultural or economic background underrepresented in the field? Show how your experiences will contribute a unique perspective.
  • Do you have gaps in your resume or lower-than-ideal grades? Explain the challenges you faced and how you dealt with them.

Don’t focus too heavily on negatives, but use them to highlight your positive qualities. Resilience, resourcefulness and perseverance make you a promising graduate school candidate.

Growing up working class, urban decay becomes depressingly familiar. The sight of a row of abandoned houses does not surprise me, but it continues to bother me. Since high school, I have been determined to pursue a career in urban planning. While people of my background experience the consequences of urban planning decisions first-hand, we are underrepresented in the field itself. Ironically, given my motivation, my economic background has made my studies challenging. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship for my undergraduate studies, but after graduation I took jobs in unrelated fields to help support my parents. In the three years since, I have not lost my ambition. Now I am keen to resume my studies, and I believe I can bring an invaluable perspective to the table: that of the people most impacted by the decisions of urban planners.

Strategy 3: Demonstrate your knowledge of the field

Especially if you’re applying for a PhD or another research-focused program, it’s a good idea to show your familiarity with the subject and the department. Your personal statement can focus on the area you want to specialize in and reflect on why it matters to you.

  • Reflect on the topics or themes that you’ve focused on in your studies. What draws you to them?
  • Discuss any academic achievements, influential teachers, or other highlights of your education.
  • Talk about the questions you’d like to explore in your research and why you think they’re important.

The personal statement isn’t a research proposal , so don’t go overboard on detail—but it’s a great opportunity to show your enthusiasm for the field and your capacity for original thinking.

In applying for this research program, my intention is to build on the multidisciplinary approach I have taken in my studies so far, combining knowledge from disparate fields of study to better understand psychological concepts and issues. The Media Psychology program stands out to me as the perfect environment for this kind of research, given its researchers’ openness to collaboration across diverse fields. I am impressed by the department’s innovative interdisciplinary projects that focus on the shifting landscape of media and technology, and I hope that my own work can follow a similarly trailblazing approach. More specifically, I want to develop my understanding of the intersection of psychology and media studies, and explore how media psychology theories and methods might be applied to neurodivergent minds. I am interested not only in media psychology but also in psychological disorders, and how the two interact. This is something I touched on during my undergraduate studies and that I’m excited to delve into further.

Strategy 4: Discuss your professional ambitions

Especially if you’re applying for a more professionally-oriented program (such as an MBA), it’s a good idea to focus on concrete goals and how the program will help you achieve them.

  • If your career is just getting started, show how your character is suited to the field, and explain how graduate school will help you develop your talents.
  • If you have already worked in the profession, show what you’ve achieved so far, and explain how the program will allow you to take the next step.
  • If you are planning a career change, explain what has driven this decision and how your existing experience will help you succeed.

Don’t just state the position you want to achieve. You should demonstrate that you’ve put plenty of thought into your career plans and show why you’re well-suited to this profession.

One thing that fascinated me about the field during my undergraduate studies was the sheer number of different elements whose interactions constitute a person’s experience of an urban environment. Any number of factors could transform the scene I described at the beginning: What if there were no bus route? Better community outreach in the neighborhood? Worse law enforcement? More or fewer jobs available in the area? Some of these factors are out of the hands of an urban planner, but without taking them all into consideration, the planner has an incomplete picture of their task. Through further study I hope to develop my understanding of how these disparate elements combine and interact to create the urban environment. I am interested in the social, psychological and political effects our surroundings have on our lives. My studies will allow me to work on projects directly affecting the kinds of working-class urban communities I know well. I believe I can bring my own experiences, as well as my education, to bear upon the problem of improving infrastructure and quality of life in these communities.

Tips for the main body

  • Don’t rehash your resume by trying to summarize everything you’ve done so far; the personal statement isn’t about listing your academic or professional experience, but about reflecting, evaluating, and relating it to broader themes.
  • Do make your statements into stories: Instead of saying you’re hard-working and self-motivated, write about your internship where you took the initiative to start a new project. Instead of saying you’ve always loved reading, reflect on a novel or poem that changed your perspective.

Your conclusion should bring the focus back to the program and what you hope to get out of it, whether that’s developing practical skills, exploring intellectual questions, or both.

Emphasize the fit with your specific interests, showing why this program would be the best way to achieve your aims.

Strategy 1: What do you want to know?

If you’re applying for a more academic or research-focused program, end on a note of curiosity: what do you hope to learn, and why do you think this is the best place to learn it?

If there are specific classes or faculty members that you’re excited to learn from, this is the place to express your enthusiasm.

Strategy 2: What do you want to do?

If you’re applying for a program that focuses more on professional training, your conclusion can look to your career aspirations: what role do you want to play in society, and why is this program the best choice to help you get there?

Tips for the conclusion

  • Don’t summarize what you’ve already said. You have limited space in a personal statement, so use it wisely!
  • Do think bigger than yourself: try to express how your individual aspirations relate to your local community, your academic field, or society more broadly. It’s not just about what you’ll get out of graduate school, but about what you’ll be able to give back.

You’ll be expected to do a lot of writing in graduate school, so make a good first impression: leave yourself plenty of time to revise and polish the text.

Your style doesn’t have to be as formal as other kinds of academic writing, but it should be clear, direct and coherent. Make sure that each paragraph flows smoothly from the last, using topic sentences and transitions to create clear connections between each part.

Don’t be afraid to rewrite and restructure as much as necessary. Since you have a lot of freedom in the structure of a personal statement, you can experiment and move information around to see what works best.

Finally, it’s essential to carefully proofread your personal statement and fix any language errors. Before you submit your application, consider investing in professional personal statement editing . For $150, you have the peace of mind that your personal statement is grammatically correct, strong in term of your arguments, and free of awkward mistakes.

A statement of purpose is usually more formal, focusing on your academic or professional goals. It shouldn’t include anything that isn’t directly relevant to the application.

A personal statement can often be more creative. It might tell a story that isn’t directly related to the application, but that shows something about your personality, values, and motivations.

However, both types of document have the same overall goal: to demonstrate your potential as a graduate student and s how why you’re a great match for the program.

The typical length of a personal statement for graduate school applications is between 500 and 1,000 words.

Different programs have different requirements, so always check if there’s a minimum or maximum length and stick to the guidelines. If there is no recommended word count, aim for no more than 1-2 pages.

If you’re applying to multiple graduate school programs, you should tailor your personal statement to each application.

Some applications provide a prompt or question. In this case, you might have to write a new personal statement from scratch: the most important task is to respond to what you have been asked.

If there’s no prompt or guidelines, you can re-use the same idea for your personal statement – but change the details wherever relevant, making sure to emphasize why you’re applying to this specific program.

If the application also includes other essays, such as a statement of purpose , you might have to revise your personal statement to avoid repeating the same information.

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When writing your law personal statement , it’s important to think about how you can express your desire to study law, whether that’s an LLB law degree, GDL, LPC or BPTC.

You want to show the universities for law you’re applying to that the law course you have chosen is a good fit for you and that you are a good match for them.

Read on for more advice on how to wow admissions tutors at your chosen law schools and convince them that you’re serious about pursuing law .

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Think about why you want to study law, what is the main attraction of it as a subject? Do you like problem-solving and analytical thinking ?

Once you have thought about this you need to express this through your past experiences and skills to show the keen interest you have. When and why did the interest in studying law develop? You can use these questions as a starting point.

Take some MOOCS  (Massive Open Online Courses). They’re free and run by several institutions, such as Harvard online. They can be taken at your own pace and provide you with more knowledge, which will help you in expressing your interest in studying law on your personal statement.

These courses are also a great way to show that you have developed legal skills and that you are able to study law.

Commercial  Awareness

You can make your law personal statement shine by showing commercial awareness (putting law into relevant and wider context). The best way to do this is by watching the news, reading newspapers or online news websites.

You can usually sign up to a daily or weekly newsletter that will provide you with an active insight into the legal sector and the fascinating reality and implications on the world around you.

Reading plenty of books is another great law school personal statement tip will help you write better. By reading law orientated books you will add to your own knowledge, but also prove that you have the proactivity needed to study law and understand the theories of the core modules you’ll be studying during your degree.

There are many books that can act as an introduction to studying law and give you an idea of what to expect, such as: ‘ What about Law?’  and  ‘Letters to a Law Student’.

There are others you could read, so take the time to look and find ones which inspire you.

Lectures and TEDtalks

If you can attend a lecture in your local area it’s a good way to experience a snippet of what university lectures will be like. Doing so will also show that you’re willing to use your free time to learn something new.

TEDtalks can be found on YouTube and are an accessible way to show that you have taken time to find out about an aspect of law that specifically interests you.

Work Experience

Completing work experience and vacation schemes shows that you have an understanding of the path you would like to follow.

Work experience doesn’t necessarily have to be in a law firm . It can be acquired in other ways, such as visiting a local court and watching proceedings. Take notes because you can use specific examples of previous work to demonstrate your interest.

You could also volunteer at your local Citizens Advice Bureau during holidays whenever you are available. They always need volunteers and showing an active interest in the legal sector looks great on a law personal statement.

Is law a good fit for you?

Think about what skills you have. How would they aid you with a law degree? If you have completed all or some of the above, as well as any other activities providing you with necessary skills, then you are in a good position to confidently prove that you would make an excellent law student.

Taking part in and utilising the suggestions above will help you to make a decision about whether law is the right degree choice for you.

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