The Effective Personal Statement

10 Steps to Writing Your Best Personal Statement The Personal Statement demands a lot of the college applicant - to present themselves fairly but favorably, to articulate to those things that inspire them, to capture their character and personality, and to do it all in 500 carefully chosen words. No wonder so many find this to be a painful exercise. But with enough time, introspection, and careful editing, students sometimes learn as much about themselves as the reader does.