Background with blank canvas on wooden tableWriting your personal statement may just be the grimmest part of the application process. Trying to fit your achievements and personality into 4000 characters, whilst demonstrating your profound aptitude for Anglo Saxon Norse and Celtic and avoiding sounding like an arrogant idiot ain’t all that easy or fun.

There is a trick to make it easier. You need to work with content, outwards. This means figuring out what you have that you can include, putting it all on paper and then working out how you’re actually going to say it. If you pack it full of good, relevant content and then are able to demonstrate how it applies to your subject, and specifically to why you connect with your subject, your Personal Statement will be interesting and impressive, without sounding arrogant.

This brainstorm sheet is the way to figure out what your content will be. Worried you have nothing to include? You’re wrong. Download this sheet to turn that blank canvas into something you can work with…

  

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