One of the most important requirements candidates applying for fellowships, scholarships, university admissions, and so on, must submit alongside their application is a personal statement. Yet, many seeking these opportunities find themselves unable to come up with a well-thought and neatly courted essay. In this vein, we at Mosaic of Opportunities discussed with Caleb Adebayo to determine what applicants need to do to improve their personal statement writing experiences. We talked about the need to creatively craft stories, writing structure, possible errors to avoid, and more.
Caleb Adebayo is a prolific writer and author of the book “Inspire Me.” He is a lawyer at Templars where he works on the Energy & Projects and Finance teams. He is the founder and project manager at Earthplus, an environmental non-profit organization delivering sustainable environmental solutions across Africa. He is a Fellow of the Barrack Obama Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre (RLC) Fellowship, a Fellow of the US Carrington Youth Fellowship (CYFI) and current mentor on the Fellowship and a Fellow of Climate Tracker. He was also named one of 20 Young Peacebuilders in Africa by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and was one of 50 delegates to the African Union AGYI Ideation Forum in Gaborone. Caleb is the coordinator of the Hands & Bridges mentorship program for Nigerian Law School students and curator of The Breakfast Table, a business meeting designed to help young people grow their career and network.