How to Open a Personal Statement

You may want to open your personal statement with an eye-catching, insightful or amusing sentence. This may be great, but make sure to avoid being too cliché or pretentious – stay honest. Equally, opening with a quote from a famous person is unlikely to impress. Instead, try to be specific about yourself and your own reasons for why you are keen to study your chosen course. Avoid using hackneyed phrases such as “ever since I was young…”. It may also help to save writing your opening lines until you have written the main body and conclusion; then, you might have a clearer idea of how you’d like to introduce yourself. For more guidance, take a look at The Profs’ expertly researched article and video presentation here.

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