Clichés in general should be avoided when writing your personal statement. We use them all the time but should not form part of your professional speech. If you are a cliché user, maybe get some professional writing help. Not everyone is good with words and some people just are not creative. This is the time when you have to dig deep and try and be original. Write from your head and your heart. Don’t be afraid to highlight all your accomplishments. This will set you apart from the large number of cliché users. Your personal statement is where you give the recipient an idea of who you are. You cannot do this by using overused phrases.
A good writer can tell a good story. Make your personal statement sound like a story without the use of clichés. Let the recipient get to know you better through your writing. Do not over focus on yourself but throw any knowledge you have in there. Use every piece of space you have to write about things no one else will even come up with. You deserve to get in but you will do so by writing a perfect personal statement.
Now let’s look at some of the most detrimental clichés to avoid.
- This is my passion. I’m sure if the reader has to hear that one more time, they might fall down flat. Of course this is your passion but it is you really don’t have to say it. They know this. Perhaps get some university personal statement help if this is the way you write.
- Using quotations. Oh my. This is a very annoying thing to do to the reader. How about coming up with something original instead of using quotations like “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. I can’t even imagine the thought process of a professional reading this from a future professional.
- From a young age I wanted to do this. This is not always true so rather don’t say it. Did you really want to be an engineer from the age of 3? Even if you did, what proof can you give that this is true? Just don’t use it.
- I’ve always been fascinated by this. Always is a strong word. It simply is not true. You were not always fascinated by this so stop using this cliché. It is also one of the most overused clichés out there so don’t be one of those people.
- I have always been great at this. Once again, the word ‘always’ is a strong word. How could you always have been great at this? The very thing you are trying to get educated on. Saying stuff like this is not acceptable in a professional document.
- For as long as I can remember. You must have a very short memory then. Clichés are very annoying and unimaginative. Saying things like this basically says you cannot come up with anything original to say.
- I have always been determined to succeed. Have you? There are some really determined people out there so I hope you have some credentials to back this one up.
- This is my burning desire. It sounds like a romantic movie no one wants to watch. Do not waste the time of the reader in this manner.
- I love this. You can come up with a better word than love when writing your personal statement. This is just lazy writing.
- I can’t wait to start. You can wait to start and you will wait until it is time to start. Using these kinds of clichés is so unnecessary. Just omit using them and be yourself. You are not a poet in this moment. You are a professional with a good command of your language. You do not need to break down the internet with a thousand clichés to include.
The problem is not the clichés themselves but the overuse of them. Many people find it easy go to phrases because they are too lazy to think of anything else. You could be one of those people who come across as that. There are some educational free apps where you can find some ideas of original content. Say something that no one will expect. Stand out from the rest of the applicants.
Making mistakes or showing a lack of effort in your personal statement will come back to bite you. It is very important to take your time when doing it. Do your research and show that you take this seriously. In order for you to be accepted, you have to show the characteristics of a hard worker. Failing to do this by using personal statement clichés will result in your application being thrown out. Show great diversity and differentiate yourself from the rest of the applicants. Show your interest in the program without the use of clichés. It is possible if you spend time and effort on your writing skills. Be truthful in everything you say in order to gain the trust of the recipient.
Always have a friend or family member proofread your personal statement. Not just for spelling errors or grammatical mistakes, but also to see if you are overusing some phrases. We all are a little biased with our own writing so it is important to get an outsiders opinion. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Tamila Crew is a content manager and an active guest post writer. Her passion and profession is writing. She writes for students different useful tips to make their life easier. Tamila never gives up and dreams of writing her own book.