How to do a personal statement on an academic transfer

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Although not all schools require personal statements from Academic Transfer students, including one can help to increase your chance of admission by giving the admissions committee a more well-rounded view of yourself.

A personal statement is your chance to express who you are, why you are a good candidate for the school, and that you have excellent written communication skills. Some institutions may have specific questions or topics for the personal statement, while others may make it a more general assignment. Whatever the case, it is important to take the time and effort to put your best foot forward with a focused and competent personal statement.

Organise the information you wish to include in your personal statement. Answer specific questions in numbered statements if that is the format. Create an outline before composing a general personal statement.

Focus your personal statement, keeping it concise, personal, and to the point. Include specific examples that will demonstrate your goals and achievements.

Tell the admissions committee who you really are and what makes you unique. Avoid clich├ęs and general statements that do not accomplish this task.

Provide evidence of your professional and academic goals. Show the admissions committee how your goals relate to your intended field of study, and what skills you have to achieve these goals.

Explain why you have chosen to apply to this specific university. Cite specific examples that led you to choose the school.

Let your personal statement reflect the college education you have already received, showing how your previous academic experience relates to your intended program of study.

Proofread your work for spelling, typos and grammatical errors. Have someone else proofread it as well before your send it in with your application.