Most of the time a personal statement will come with a set of requirements.
There’s a very good chance that the school, scholarship, or position you are applying for will request that you answer a question or discuss something specific in your personal statement or essay.
Another requirement might include a page or word cap for the essay word counts (e.g., 1000 words max.).
Depending on the limit, you might have to be quite concise when writing.
Ask them if they have any stories that would be helpful, or what they think sets you apart from other applicants.
You might be surprised to hear what they have to say.
For some reason, it’s difficult to write (or talk) about yourself. One of the most common scholarship interview questions is “what are your strengths”.
As I was thinking about how I would answer that, at this exact moment, what popped into my head was, “ummmm well, when I was younger I used to pretend that swings were rocket ships that would take me to the moon if I swung high enough” — so I guess I’m imaginative?
Sit down and outline your scholarship or college essay to structure what you want to say before you start writing.
Not only will this help keep your thoughts organized, but it will also ensure that your essay flows nicely.