In my personal statement, under the hobbies section, I am highlighting web development. I wrote something like this:

Among my hobbies, I find web development to be the most interesting and I currently hold certification in it from Microsoft.

This doesn't seem good. Does one hold/achieve/possess certification? Can someone suggest a better way to phrase this without having to stretch it out into multiple sentences?

  • How about "... I am currently a Microsoft Certified [whatever]"?
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 5, 2013 at 11:40
  • What's wrong with I have been certified in web development by Microsoft? That said, I would specify the actual certification you hold.
    – Hugh
    Nov 5, 2013 at 11:40
  • @AndrewLeach "I am a Microsoft Certified Professional" seems a little pompous, though that is what the transcript says. Nov 5, 2013 at 11:43
  • @Hugh certified in web-development doesn't sound right to me. Is it acceptable? Nov 5, 2013 at 11:44
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    It's in a formal register. I can't really comment on how it will make you look without comparing it to other personal statements but I would err on the side of including it as most would find it interesting. (It's certainly correct English usage!)
    – Hugh
    Nov 5, 2013 at 12:06

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Among my hobbies, I find web development, in which I am Windows Certified, to be the most interesting

Is that a good solution for you? :)

  • Whoops I meant Microsoft Certified but you get the idea.
    – MilanSxD
    Nov 5, 2013 at 15:39
  • That sounds pretty good. :) Nov 6, 2013 at 3:43

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