A motivation letter (personal statement) is perhaps the most important part of the application submitted for admission to universities around the world, as well as some schools and colleges, so it is very important to learn how to write it correctly. In addition, the skill of writing a motivation letter is useful in the future when applying for employment.
Universities, along with prestigious schools, receive thousands of applications for admission. Your task is to show the reception departments the positive qualities that stand out among the others and make you the best candidate for the desired place.
What is important to remember when writing a personal statement?
- When submitting documents to universities, the amount of motivation letter is limited to 4000 characters or, approximately, ¾ pages of A4 size. Applications to universities are mainly submitted through sites that will often automatically cut off unnecessary signs.
- Devote 75% of the letter to your studies and 25% of extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music, volunteerism, etc.
- When writing a motivation letter, it is extremely important to show that you have carefully read the course of study for which you are applying. It is worth mentioning that you are interested in this course, what you are looking forward to with special impatience.
- Your motivation letter must necessarily contain evidence that you are really passionate about the subject. You can mention your participation in relevant projects, competitions, as well as related work experience. In addition, you can use especially inspiring examples of news, magazines and books, but remember that knowledge of the reading may have to be confirmed at the interview.
- Pay a lot of attention to your positive qualities, acquired by you in the process of studying and during extracurricular activities. How did you acquire these skills? What have you done and are doing to improve them? The list of skills can include the ability to logically approach the problem, conduct research and analyze data, perform work on time, adhere to a case. If you are not able to name your positive qualities, then ask your friends and relatives – they will help you.
- You can use quotes in your letter if you want to emphasize where you get inspiration for your studies. But check carefully the correctness of the quote used, and never quote yourself!
- The first two lines of the letter are very important, so approach them with special attention.
- Your motivation letter should be positive. Avoid negative words and expressions. Demonstrate your motivation, dynamism and versatility.
- Devote a couple of lines of your personality. What makes you the way you are?
- Your last words should be memorable, so work on them.
- A motivation letter is not a place for modesty. Scream “all the way” about your exclusivity, because behind you are hundreds of other contenders.
- In the motivation letter, despite the fact that the same application is sent to five universities by the rules, you cannot write about different training courses. It is necessary to choose approximately the same specialty in all universities to which you apply. Indecisiveness in this case is your enemy. The managers of the reception departments want to see your enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen educational direction. In the event that you are applying for a course consisting of two subjects (joint honors), suppose, in a foreign language and business management, then you should mention both courses and try to give them an equal number of signs. The fact is that in this case, your letter will be read by two reception managers – from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and from the Faculty of Business.
- Often a website for applying to universities gives you the choice of 5 universities to which you send applications. If you are going to study medicine, jurisprudence or veterinary medicine, then, because the competition for these specialties, be sure to make the fifth course chosen your backup option. It can be the biology of man and animals, history, but do not mention your alternate version in a motivational letter, focusing all your attention on the main choice.