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How to write a Personal Statement for university | Motivation Letter | Letter of Intent

hello friends hello nerds welcome

everyone to this video now tis the

season for applications so I'm assuming

you clicked on this video because you

need to write a personal statement slash

motivation letter slash letter of intent

for university that you're applying to

and you don't want to just read any

letter but you want to write the best

behemoth greatest everything that has

ever come out of your brain maybe you

don't consider yourself the best writer

because you're in science or engineering

or whatever but that's why I'm here for

you and that's what I'm gonna help you

because I've done it I've done it too

many times more than I can count

I was gonna say I've done a hundred

times but that would be a clear lie but

I've done it a lot and I've written some

really really great motivational letters

so today I'm gonna share with you how to

write a personal statement now in this

video this is gonna be a lot of

information and actually I have a lot

more information to share that will not

fit into this video so I made a freebie

that you can download it's at the end of

the video so if you watch to the end

I'll tell you how to get that freebie

and in addition to the freebie at the

end of the video vlog missus just

started today and I'm gonna be doing

vloggers I'm gonna be doing vlogmas this

month and everyday when I published my

vlog I'm going to include a question

answer about a personal statement so

throughout the month of December feel

free to write on the video feel free to

email me at Jessica at stubborn and calm

feel free to DM me on Instagram with

your questions and if it's a question

that I have an answer in this video and

that isn't in the freebie to follow then

I will be sure to answer it in one of my

daily vlogs for vlogmas so I know what

your first question is it is what is the

difference between a personal statement

a letter of motivation or motivation

letter or letter of intent blah blah

blah you've scoured the Internet you

hundreds of different blog posts that

all give you different information one

blog post says that a personal statement

focuses on your past projects whereas a

motivation letter focuses on your future

goals but then you go to a university

website and they say write a personal

statement and make sure to include your

future goals then you're like okay well

is that supposed to be a motivation

letter because I've written a motivation

letter but they said I think want a

personal statement so is that different

or sometimes they don't give you any

guidelines at all so what's the answer

the answer is that there is no strict

format to a personal statement or a

letter of intent or motivation letter

it's not like a persuasive essay or a

poem where there are strict rules for

how to write them okay and in my mind

they're all different and they're all

the same and you're like just why do you

have to make things so complicated it's

because we're writing the best letter

ever the way we approach writing a

personal statement and a motivational

and a motivational letter will be the

same so in that sense you don't need to

worry about what the difference is but

even though the approach is the same for

all of the letters that doesn't mean

that all of your letters are going to

end up being the same you're not just

gonna write one generic letter that

could be sent as a personal statement as

a motivation letter as a letter of

intent because let's be real you want to

get accepted to the top University so

you need a top notch letter that means

you can't send the same letter to every

University a letter of motivation a

personal statement a letter intent

they're all the same because your best

application letter will contain elements

of all three of those letters that's how

you write the best application ever so

with that out of the way this is how

you're going to write your best personal

statement letter of motivation letter of

intent most important part the research

before you can start writing you need to

know what you're gonna say okay you

can't just your way through a

personal statement

especially in science and engineering if

you're just gonna be writing frivolous

sentences full of fluffy smart words the

admissions committee is literally gonna

pick up your letter rip it in half and

throw it in the trash you need to know

what you're gonna say before you write

or else they're just gonna end up

writing so how do you do that

how do you figure out what you're gonna

write research that's the first step so

what are you gonna research well first

go to each University you want to apply

to check what their requirements are

maybe one University says oh we want to

hear about your goals then you're like

okay that's a good thing I know now I

know kind of what I'm gonna start

writing another University says to pick

which professors you want to work with

the next thing I want you to do and this

is definitely going to be the longest

part of your research journey and of

writing your entire personal statement

it's going to be research the

institution and the different labs so

that's what I did for every single

University I applied to I went through

their different fields you choose what

fields you like but we're not done now

what you do is you go through the

different labs within that field so

there's not just gonna be one lab in the

fluid dynamics thermodynamics subset

there's gonna be another 20 labs oh okay

this professor is doing droplets okay

that's kind of cool

oh this professor is doing water

splitting okay that's pretty cool and

just find some research that sticks out

to you why are we doing this because

first you need to know what you're gonna

write and then you need to be specific

about it schools don't just want to let

anyone into their school they want to

let people that are motivated driven and

know what they want so you need to

demonstrate that in your letter of

motivation so that's stuck 1 out of 4

but trust me it's gonna it's the longest

step out of the 4 the second step of

writing your personal statement is plan

now you've done the research for the

institution you know exactly what you

want and you know why you want it now

you need

you frame that research to fit into your

personal statement so like I said

earlier there's really no correct way to

write a personal statement but in

general you should have an introduction

some middle body paragraphs and a

conclusion now we're not going to worry

about the introduction or the conclusion

in this section we're just going to

worry about the middle paragraphs so in

order to figure out how to frame that

research that you just spent like an

entire day doing think about using that

research to answer the following

questions why do you want to study a

masters how will this program benefit

you what are you aspiring to do in the

future and how will this master's

program help you achieve those goals

how can your work contribute to the

department and university so for example

how oldest master's program helped you

achieve your future goals

well my future goal is to cure cancer

using I don't know lasers good example

because it's specific and attending this

University and working under the

supervision of Professor X what helped

me achieve my goal because as you can

see from this paper Professor X does

work in laser technology applied to

cancer and I believe that his knowledge

will help me further my goal or

something like that if you want to be

specific and you want to be able to

answer these questions using the

research you've already done in the

previous section the next step step

three is going to be to write now start

with your body paragraphs and just start

writing take your questions and answers

from the plan part and try to fit them

together to create like a cohesive story

so it might start off with like here's

my past qualifications here all the

projects I've done moving into your

goals and aspirations and how the school

will help you achieve those so try to

fake those

answers together and create a cohesive

story don't worry so much about having

the perfect letter on your first draft

just start writing to avoid writer's

block to have your creative juices

flowing and then you can always go back

and edit later after you've written your

body paragraphs move on to the

conclusion it shouldn't be really more

than two sentences so don't really don't

worry about it too much pick one of your

strongest points that supports your

argument your argument being why you

should be the one to attend this school

program or whatever maybe it's because

of how motivated you are to reach your

goals and how this school helped you

achieve your goals that's the one I

picked but pick whichever one you like

and then finish off the letter and

that's it now after the conclusion move

on to the introduction the introduction

I like to leave for last because I don't

want you to just sit down to start

writing the introduction and already get

writer's block after the first sentence

it's nice to have a little anecdote at

the beginning if you can to hook the

reader about why you want to be an

engineer or scientists or blah blah but

if you really can't think of one then

just move on get straight into

specifically why you want to study at

this university finally we've reached

the last step number four and that is

review I have created a checklist which

you can just click the link below in the

description enter your email address and

this perfect personal statement

checklist will get sent to your inbox so

the checklist it says things like do you

have any cliches wipe that off of your

personal statement and check it over the

checklist there's like a lot of

different things on the checklist so in

the review section just go through the

checklist and apply the edits to your

personal statement finally get three

different people to review your personal

statement and at least one native

speaker if you can now I know I'm a

native speaker but please do not send me

your personal statement I do not have

time to go through it by on Wednesday I

we'll be doing a live stream on YouTube

so if you have any questions about the

personal statement bring them to me if

you're working on your personal

statement this weekend or throughout the

month of December you can tag me on

Instagram and I will share that on my

story so then we can all suffer together

and laugh at how we have no lives and we

are just spending the month of December

applying to universities just a quick

recap research plan write and review

click the link in my description and

enter your email and I will send you a

checklist that will help you in your

review process tag me on Instagram I

will share your struggle with the entire

community and join me for the YouTube

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