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How shall I open my personal statement?

The important thing with personal statements is to grab the reader's attention in the first sentence. As it's a personal statement, the reader wants to know about YOU - this means that opening your statement with a quotation is not a good strategy. Perhaps open with the reason why you came to be enthusiastic about the subject you are applying for, or if you have a particularly strong view about something to do with your subject then make this your opening sentence. The key is to have an attention-grabbing opening sentence about you which won't blend in with the thousands of other statements which that person will be reading. Catch their eye with something unusual and punchy. 

Issy W. GCSE History tutor, A Level History tutor, GCSE Classical Civ...

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