Realize the purpose of the personal statement is not to tell your life story or to give an exhaustive overview of all of your accomplishments.
Let your list of extracurricular activities, academic record, letters of recommendation, and supplemental essays and materials show your range of accomplishments.
If an essay should be 350 words, don't write 370.
Learn more about some of the issues related to essay length in this article: College Application Essay Length Limits.
The personal statement is not the place for long lists or catalogs of achievement.
To write an engaging and effective 650 word or shorter essay, you need to have a sharp focus.
Allow enough space for self reflection so that whatever your topic is you spend at least some time talking about its significance to you.
With the primary Common Application essay, you will need to come in at 650 words or fewer.
That limit includes the essay title, notes, and any other text that you include in the essay text box.
For years the Common Application had no length limit, and applicants and counselors frequently debated whether a tight 450-word essay was a wiser approach than a detailed 900-word piece.