Help with personal statement!

gordonwebbsam

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Hi there folks!

I'm applying for the USC Summer Program in Cinematic Arts, which asks for a personal statement with a 500 word limit. As I'm from the UK, typically I'm not naturally very aware about how personal statements are written in the US. Stylistically, my impression is that they require a different format. For example, in the UK, one might talk about their work experience or education, but in the US, the emphasis is less on your professional experiences, and more on who you are as a person; how has your personality shaped who you are and what you want to do when you're older?

Anyway, as the word count is quite limited, I was wondering what bits to put in and what bits to let miss. How do I show my creativity, self awareness and uniqueness as a person in 500 words, without sounding distastefully formulaic? Thanks for your help! Any comments are appreciated.
 

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