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Be courteous- There is a thin line between confident and cocky. Colleges see themselves as communities, where people have to get along with others, in dorms, classes, etc. Are you someone they would like to have dinner with, hang out with, have in a discussion group? A positive attitude, with an open mind is a combination that gets the best results. On the same page, humor is always in the eye of the beholder—You never know how someone you don’t know is going to respond to you, especially if you offer something humorous. It is not advisable to rub your examiner the wrong way especially when you do not have the advantage of a face to face interaction. Be curious- You know your skill sets, you have the scores, you have done your research. And you want more. The pursuit of higher education is a dedicated effort at knowing more, and being more and being intrigued by all the undiscovered universes waiting for you. You know a little, there’s a lot more you don’t – and that is what excites you. Colleges are places for the discussion of ideas, and admissions officers look for diversity of mind. Be comfortable- Your essay is the voice over that plays at the start of your life-movie. It is your home voice, the tenor you use when you are speaking to yourself – at your most comfortable. In the case of the P.S, honesty is the only policy. Don’t try to be something you are not. If you’re going straight from high school to college, you’re just a teenager, doing teenage things. It is your mind and how it works that are distinctive. Your best quality is that you are you and there is no one else who can be you. So make yourself comfortable on the page. A good essay is often compared to a story: In many cases, it’s an anecdote of an important moment. Provide some details to help the reader see the setting. Use the names of the other people in the story, including your brother, teacher, or coach to personalize your narrative. When you are ease, the reader feels it too. 136

Some important rules of thumb Keeping the 6 Cs in mind will make it easier to draft an airtight, well structured personal statement. Your essay must be a streamlined and carefully put together to create the perfect snapshot of yourself. For this it is important to sieve and order your piece for best effect. Before you embark on your writing, introspect. Look within yourself to understand and evaluate the skills as well as qualities you possess that will help you in the intended career. Write about your academic strengths that will enable you to do well in the programme. Read the entry profiles of the course/s you aspire to enroll in. Reflect on your interests and the work you’ve done that tie in with this major and weave it into your statement. Don’t be afraid of not being perfect. Showcase your interest or fascination for the subject through specific examples rather than state it. You could perhaps start off by stating a brief anecdote. I find such personal stories or experiences create pictures in the mind and can be most appealing to the reader. Use active voice rather than a passive one; it keeps the reader engaged and eager to learn more. Remember to structure your personal statement such that it is pertinent to the institutions you have chosen. Avoid mentioning names of universities as the same statement is viewed by all institutions you will apply to. Should you be considering two different subject areas, remember to include the skill sets and experiences applicable to both. If you are not yet in grade 12 or 13, you could get a head start by taking up an internship in your field of interest or take up a couple of courses over the academic year or the summer that can strengthen your application. Internships can be the acid test of reality for your dream careers. For example, you see the sophisticated side of the life of a hotel professional or that of an Airline staff, but even shadowing one of them

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