When writing a personal statement, regardless of the country or university you will be writing it for, the first thing you need to understand is that the text you shall present is pure marketing; a way of selling yourself to the institution you want to be a part of.
Luckily for you, in this article we hope to give you enough tips so you’ll be able to successfully apply for your dream university. 1. Explain your reasons for wanting to study the course
First of all, ask yourself “why China?” While this might sound like a simple question, it is actually the pillar of your whole essay. What is it that truly attracts you about China? Is it the language, the culture, the food? Or do you wish to settle economical ties with the big Asian giant in the near future? Think about it for a moment, since your whole essay will depend on your answer.
Once you’ve made up your mind, it’s time to get to work. Start your essay with what exactly it is that you wish to gain from this experience. Chinese people are quite straight forward, so you might as well tell them from the start what you are expecting from the whole adventure. Some people just wish to get fluent enough in Chinese, while others wish to understand enough about the culture. Regardless of how small or big your ambitions are, write them down and be specific about them.
2. Explain how you’re right for the course
So, now that “they” know what you want from them, it is time to let them know why they should want you. Why should they pick you from the almost endless list of foreigners applying?
Make sure you stand out. As we’ve already said on the first paragraph, the whole point of this essay is to “sell yourself”. Tell them about your strong points, and don’t even be shy about telling them your weak points. Chinese people are actually impressed over people willing to overcome their own difficulties.
The people that will be reading your essay will usually be either an admissions tutor for a taught course or the project supervisor for a research program. Let them know why you want to attain classes in that particular field and in that particular university. Is the program noted for any speciality? How did you find out about the course? What have you read about the field? Who have you spoken to about it? What special skills do you have to offer?
It is a good idea to make sure to research the University and program you are applying for and add any information to show that you have done your research. That can be flattering to the institution and shows that you have the initiative and drive to do your research.
3. Say what you’ve done outside the classroom…
Do you have any personal experiences that will enable you to make the most out of that course? Let them see your enthusiasm.
4. …Explain why it’s relevant to your course
5. …And relevant to your chosen career
6. What’s the long term plan?
Mention what your longer term goals are if you can do it in an interesting way and you’ve got a specific path in mind but, if you do, then try and show a spark of individuality or imagination.
If you’re not sure yet, just talk about what you’re looking forward to at uni and what you want to gain from it.
That’s pretty much all the information you’ll need to provide.
Make sure you get your ideas straight first, since what comes later on is simply a matter of grammar and structure. Think carefully about the structure of the application. It needs a thoughtful, interest-grabbing introduction, a main body explaining why you have chosen this course, research topic, or university, and an end.
7. Keep it positive
It can be difficult to get going with your personal statement, but don’t panic. Start with your strengths, focus on your enthusiasm for the course and talk positively about yourself.
Who knows you better than yourself and who can say more good things about you than yourself?
It can also be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to it for you, and they can often give some good feedback.
You can also ask us to check it for you at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we can’t make any changes for you, but we can check it for you and give you some initial feedback, and ask you specific questions that can help you to improve it if necessary. We have seen thousands of personal statement, and can give you some expert advice that can be useful for you.
We can give you further information about the program you are applying for and give you any guidance about which program or University you want to study, check your expectations, and help you through the process.
Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!