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RE: 'Personal' Statement
Hi, I just wondered in terms of writing personal things in the statement, how necessary this is? I have experienced difficulty in my life, as I'm sure the majority of people have. But it seems funny to use this a means of enhancing your personal statement. It feels a bit like someone using a sob story to win the X Factor. Sorry to be so critical, I just feel uneasy about being so personal in an application.
In some essays, the writer takes an exploratory approach, perhaps dealing with a variety of proposals and solutions. The conclusion states the thesis almost as if it is a discovery, allowing the reader to make the discovery along with you. However, this can be a difficult technique to carry off. The thesis, even though it may go unstated until the very end, should nevertheless serve as the inevitable controlling force for the entire essay.