1. Personal statements do not have to be lengthy.
2. Avoid flowery language.
3. Each personal statement should be unique.
4. Know the program.
5. Explain why, not who.
Translation - If you are switching fields, explain why you are making such a switch. Irrespective of whether you are switching, explain why you should be chosen, and what makes you a fit for the program. This has to be abouyt your skills. Not about your desires, wants, and wishes. We aren't here to discuss unicorns🦄 and dreams🌈, no matter how interesting they might be!
6. There is something called too much detail.
Translation - Do not go into excessive detail. Telling you have a good grasp of organic chemistry should more than do. You do not have to name the chapters you are good at, and the professor who taught you, unless of course he happens to be a Nobel laureate, and you happened to help him in getting to the Nobel. The same goes for the names of your schools and colleges, and the subjects that you have learnt. All these details are best avoided.
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