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What makes a personal statement stand out?

I've started working on my college applications and I'm a bit stressed about writing my personal statement. Can anyone provide examples or suggestions of what would make a personal statement really stand out? Any help is greatly appreciated!

7 months ago

I understand that writing a personal statement can be stressful, but don't worry, there are a few key elements that make a statement stand out. First and foremost, authenticity is crucial. Show your true self, allow the reader to see your unique personality and perspective. Avoid using cliché themes, such as overcoming a sports injury or the classic immigrant story. Instead, focus on a specific, significant moment or experience that has shaped who you are today.

Another important aspect is strong storytelling. Engage your reader with vivid descriptions, showing rather than telling, and evoke emotional connections. The reader should feel like they've learned something new about you that they wouldn't have known from anywhere else on your application.

Lastly, don't forget to connect your experience to your future goals and aspirations, demonstrating how this particular experience shaped your outlook and what you intend to accomplish in college and beyond. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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