The Six Biggest Errors in Writing Your Personal Statement:

  1. Having spelling and grammar errors. Don’t rely on spell check to catch everything!

  2. Having a statement in your essay that reads “I really want to go to Duke Law School”, but sending it in an envelope to Northwestern University.

  3. Putting your resume information in your personal statement.

  4. Focusing on your weaknesses, whining, and giving excuses.

  5. Writing a personal statement that is too cute – for example, starting with a famous quote, using a crazy font, or printing it on pink paper or with green ink.

  6. Writing a personal statement that is not personal at all or lacks any self-revelation.