The points to focus on in the self-summary are narrative, details, uniqueness, and confidence.
Narrative: Begin your self-summary with a sentence that launches into a story about yourself. As soon as you start telling a story, everyone wants to know what happens next.
Your goal here is to immediately capture their attention so that it is impossible for them to stop reading after the first sentence.
You want them to stay with you until the very end and feel like they got to know you as a person.
Five years ago I was laid off from my job as an IT professional.
At the time I had always wanted to pursue a career in photography, so I seized on this opportunity to have a new career. As a single person who has lived in this city for a short time, I love the opportunity to meet cool people from many walks of life.
I’d be happy to tell you more, send me a message and we’ll take it from there.
Guy number 1 starts out by saying he doesn’t enjoy talking about himself, which immediately makes me think he would be uncomfortable on a first date.
The admissions officer has to make a decision as to whether or not you are a good match for their institution based on what you say about yourself.
They want to know your background, your motivations, and your personality.