4 Tips to Writing a Strong Conclusion for your Personal Statement
Updated: Sep 10, 2020
You have finished writing your personal statement and you realize one vital part is missing. The conclusion, the final note to your masterpiece has not been completed. Where do you begin? How do you produce a strong conclusion to an already impressive statement? Will the reader realize how great of a person you are for the position that they have open?
Do not worry! This is where I am here to help.
Let's begin by following some helpful tips that will get your conclusion in a perfect shape for completion.
Your Conclusion Points to your Introduction
If you have a strong introduction to your personal statement, writing a conclusion will be much easier to do. A basic premise to a conclusion is that you should reiterate what you have already stated in the beginning and the body of your statement. Drawing a conclusion about who you are as a person and your passion for a particular job cannot be foreign to the introduction that you developed. Just like developing a thesis, the conclusion has to go back to the hypothesis that you initially set out to prove.
Do not Summarize
You only read the first tip and you summarized your conclusion from your introduction? This is why you need to keep reading, because a common mistake that many people do is that they try summarize everything that was originally written in the introduction of their statement. The reader can easily do this without your help.
Instead, gather in the ideas you have already laid out in the introduction and body of your personal statement and look to synthesize everything into a strong conclusion. Synthesizing is not a summary. Synthesizing is to take all that you said already and persuade the reader that, with the points stated above, you are the best fit for who they are looking for. You want them to see that you have already laid out the points that prove you are the candidate that they are looking for.
This brings us to the next tip.
Stay Away from Certain Phrases
When you are writing a personal statement, the reader should be aware that you are looking to synthesize what you have already written. They do not need to be told that this is what you are doing. Thus, you should stay away from phrases such as "In conclusion, In Summary, or Finally." These phrases are used more often when it comes to speaking than it does for writing. A speaker can make the listener aware of the point that they are concluding with, a writer does need to provide this type of phrase in the same way.
No New Information
This was already briefly mentioned in the first tip. There should be no new information that you are providing the reader in your conclusion. Any new concepts that you introduce in your conclusion will create confusion for the reader. You are only looking to bring all you have said into a final persuasive argument.
If you are trying to apply for a position in a radiology and your paper speaks about how much you enjoy surgery and seeing how the human body functions. Then in your conclusion you say, because of how much you enjoy the human body, you want to be a radiologist. Where did you mention radiology earlier or anything about your passion for this field of work?
You speak about how well you work alone and all that you accomplished by yourself through your life. Then you mention that you are a team player in your conclusion and how well you work for people. Where was the evidence for this?
These are four basic tips to watch out for as your are writing your personal statement. Make sure to check in with PEFFA USA if you need help and a professional review.