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How do I write a strong personal statement for college apps?

Hey all, I'm starting to work on my college apps, and I'm kinda lost on how to make my personal statement really stand out. What have been some successful examples of written statements that you guys know of? Any tips or resources would be greatly appreciated!

7 months ago

Hey there! I totally understand the challenge of creating a standout personal statement. To make your personal statement strong and memorable, here are a few tips to consider:

1. Focus on a compelling story or unique experience that showcases your personal growth, passion, or character. This will help differentiate your essay from others.

2. Engage the reader right from the start with an interesting opening line. This will make your essay more captivating and enjoyable to read. Consider starting with a question, thought-provoking statement, vivid imagery, or dialogue to help draw the reader in.

3. Show, don't tell. Use descriptions and examples to demonstrate your emotions, feelings, and actions, instead of simply stating them. This helps create a vivid picture in the reader's mind.

4. Be authentic and honest. Express your true self and let your voice shine through in your writing. Avoid using clichés or trying to sound like someone you're not.

As for successful examples, I'd recommend checking out CollegeVine's essay guides and prompt database (just Google "CollegeVine essay guides"). They have detailed instructions and examples for various prompts you might encounter. Additionally, you can use their free peer essay review feature to receive some constructive feedback on your essay draft.

Remember, a strong personal statement takes time, effort, and revisions, but it's worth it in the end. Best of luck on your college essay journey!

7 months ago

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