When crafting a personal statement - whether it’s for a college application, an internship, or prospective employer - it's important to draw from your real experiences and make them the core of your work. It is, after all, a personal statement.  

 Look back on your accolades, awards and accomplishments over the years and think of ways to weave your experience into the fabric of the statement. For some, that means detailing a successful endeavor. For others, try as they might, they just cannot piece together a statement that is functional while still being creative, professional but still personal.

It can certainly be difficult at times to promote yourself, for better or for worse.

Happy moments and positive episodes will give a writer plenty, if not almost too much, to write about. It's tempting to sensationalized your experiences.

Sometimes, that's acceptable, but don't lose focus on your deadline. It's also important not to get so caught up in 'fluffing' your personal statement that you ramble pointlessly.

At almost no such time should you consider drafting a statement about something that had a negative outcome in your life. Sometimes writing about the bad in your life can make for a more powerful statement, but it should end on a positive note that reflects well on you.

Even though you probably do not want to think about past negativity, it’s easier to write about these events. Don't puff up your experience to make it seem like it seem like life has been dreamy. Focusing on genuine experience will make your writing more crisp. The real you will be reflected on the page, and the fact that you survived will showcase your resilient nature and growth.

Go a step further and put yourself in the reader’s shoes. What statements would stand out to you? The hundreds of essays where everything went right for the writers? Or the one or two pieces where the writer had a tough time, had to fight through adversity, and is now a better, stronger person because of it? 

AuthorChad Dorman