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What are some standout personal statement examples?

Hey! So I'm kinda feeling overwhelmed with writing my personal statement, and I thought it'd be helpful to see what a great personal statement looks like. Can y'all share some examples you've seen or written that have really stood out and worked? Any advice is also appreciated!

7 months ago

Hey, I completely understand the stress that comes with writing a personal statement! Luckily for you, CollegeVine has compiled 21 examples of excellent personal statements, and has also provided breakdowns of what each one did well and what it could have done even better: https://blog.collegevine.com/common-app-essay-examples.

When writing your own personal statement, remember to show your unique voice and perspective, create a compelling narrative structure, and use specific examples from your own experiences to demonstrate your strengths and growth, rather than trying to replicate one of these essays exactly. Don't be afraid to take risks, be authentic and reflective, and demonstrate your passions - ultimately, your essay should reflect who you are, which means it won't look exactly like anyone else's.

Finally, if you want to get a second set of eyes on your essay, consider utilizing CollegeVine's resources, which include both free peer essay reviews and paid reviews by expert college admissions advisors. While your friends, family, and teachers are also great resources, sometimes a more objective look by someone who doesn't already know you is just the thing that will take your essay from good to great.

Good luck!

7 months ago

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