Since this is very important to me, I find myself being highly critical of everything I produce.
This does not help at all with my time constraints, because I keep throwing out every rough draft I come up with.
In other words, a personal statement is what ties the entire application together, so better make it worth it.
One of your requirements when applying to an occupational therapy program through OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service) is your personal statement.
I have been working on my own Ph D personal statement for the past few weeks and it has been a challenge.
Mainly because at this point of the semester my energy levels have been dwindled to a speck, and we still have about 3 more weeks to push through.
A friend recommended to use past work experiences to showcase my own abilities and skills, how well I performed something or highlight skills I mastered during that time.
It will not be enough to just state where I worked before, because that information is attainable through the CV attached with the personal statement. It would make more sense to talk about with whom I worked and what were my responsibilities during that time, and then mention how that particular experience has shaped me into the occupational therapist I am today.
Lastly, the gist of the advice I got was to make a good case for myself as to why I should be accepted.
This means writing compelling arguments and making sure to back them up with evidence from my resume or recommendation letters.