Writing a Personal Statement for University: Your Skills & Interests

Acceptance into university is based upon many factors, and it is not only academic achievements that matter. Personal statements are a usual part of university acceptance, and getting in to the college of your dreams depends as much on this aspect as it does of your grades.

Have you acquired all of the necessary skills to write an effective personal statement? Writing your statement is not difficult at all, but you must familiarize yourself with the proper structures of writing.


Creating your Personal Statement

There are a few things that must be determined before the statement can be created. This includes identifying your objectives for study in the university, reasons for choosing the specific area of study, personal qualities and skills as well as things that you enjoy doing and more. Let’s take a look at a very important section of the statement: your skills and interests.

You may be asking yourself why in the world any university would be interested in you in such a manner. Why are they concerned with what you have done in the past and the hobbies that you hold? This speaks in great volume of you as a person, and the university can gain an inside look at your character even before seeing or speaking with you.

The interests section also should include information concerning your interest in the program being applied for at the university. Why do you want to work as a doctor? Is there any background affirming your lifelong dream of working as a engineer?

Do not divulge too deeply into your personal interests. It is perfectly fine to list your interest in arts and theater, in music and animal welfare issues. It isn’t alright to go into detail concerning late-nights at a bar. Some things are not meant to be on the statement, and this must be kept in mind when writing your statement.


Keep in Mind

When writing your statement, keep these things in mind.

  • Personal statements are limited to 4000 characters and may be no more than 47 lines.
  • The statement should be compiled with a word-processor, spell checked and backed up into a separate file
  • Your personal statement should be a statement of how excited you are in the course, the reflection of you as a person. Include your skills, studies and interests as well as your future goals.
  • Creating a rough draft is essential rather than jumping into writing and creating an unorganized and unprofessional document that will do more damage than good.