Adding the Wow Element to your Personal Statement: CAT formula
There are ways to get your personal statement right. You might find multiple methods to compose one. Let’s share with you the CAT formula.
All ready to get help with personal statement? What will you be focusing on? The famous five Ws mentioning why, what, where, when, why of your choice or the six Cs making your piece clear, concise, credible, complete, courteous and correct? Well, these elements do add a lot of value to your personal statement; in fact all of them help you figure out what is it that your statement needs to have. But let me tell you, they won’t help your statement stand out among a bulk of other similar pieces. You need to focus on the CAT formula while writing it so that it’s away from mundane, mechanically written personal statements with potential students boasting about their love for knowledge and skills.
Your personal statement is no doubt the most important part of your application and most of students like you find it difficult to get it right. It’s a very specific document with which you want to reveal to the selecting team that you’d love to study social work but then you need to go on and tell ‘specifically’ what made you fall in love with social work only. Why don’t you try the CAT formula? It’s a combination of three essential values that your personal statement must have so that your application stands out:
First off, you just don’t need to spin any stories or create hype while writing it. The selectors already see a lot of it while assessing personal statements. You just need to write it to enhance the reader’s interest in it. To grab the reader’s attention, you don’t need to find perfect sentence; but a catchy one! All details about your educational excellence are already with them, and you need to get them glued to your statement.
You need to draft it in such a manner that the reader feels ambitious about the subject the way you feel; meaning showing your enthusiasm both for your chosen subject and institute. This cannot be done by using high sounding words though. For instance dentistry is a filed which offers money-spinning opportunities in future, right! Is there anything that inspires you about dentistry? Or if you are applying to study literature, you can quite easily quote from a text you’ve read while drafting your personal statement; or probably you can talk about a writer who inspired you greatly during your A levels, but what the selectors are looking for is probably how widely or independently you read other than your course books; and why.
A major part of is there in your academic records so you don’t need to work on that. The truth about why you want to take admission to where you want. There’s no use lying to the selection board since they have been through a lot more applications and understand pretty well how students draft their applications bragging about what they are and what they want to become. Be honest and truthful. Just don’t think that these traits can’t be detected in your personal statement, they can easily be. Don’t try and create a false impression, because in the long run, truth is going to help you out.