This is an essay for college admission. I would like it to focus on both of these: 1. how having an older brother with Down Syndrome has influenced who I am as a young man. 2.Why did you choose to apply to UCF (University of Central Florida Essay The personal statements are a very important part of your application. They assist the university in knowing you as an individual, independent of test scores and other objective data. We ask that you respond to two of the topics below. Your personal statement should be no longer than a total of 500 words or 7000 characters for both statements combined. The best personal statements are not necessarily the longest ones.