An autobiographical statement for a college application should include unique information that sets the applicant apart from the rest. Such information includes personal insight into a situation or a life-changing event that affected the applicant, such as a divorce, adoption or additional siblings.
A successful, eye-catching personal statement includes information that grabs the attention of the application committee from the very beginning. Often, good openings provide the beginning to an interesting, specific story that relates an incident that the writer finds profound. The conclusion of the essay should reflect on the meaning of the incident in the writer's life, discussing how it changed her personally and how that change has reverberated through her life.
Autobiographical statements should not include errors, so college applicants should proofread carefully for any problems with usage, spelling, mechanics or grammar.