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What should I include in my personal statement for college applications?

Hi all! I'm starting to work on my college applications, and I'm having a hard time figuring out what to include in my personal statement. I want to make sure it stands out and showcases my personality. Can someone please give me some advice? Much appreciated!

10 months ago

Hi there! I totally understand how challenging it can be to write a personal statement that stands out. When my child went through the college application process, we found a few key things that helped in crafting a memorable statement.

First, focus on a single story or theme that defines you or has had a significant impact on your life. This could be a personal experience, a hobby, or a unique perspective you have. This will help keep your essay focused and engaging.

Next, make sure to show, not tell. Instead of just listing your achievements or qualities, use anecdotes and specific examples to demonstrate how you've grown or how you approach challenges. This will make your essay more vivid and interesting.

Lastly, let your personality shine through. Colleges want to get to know the real you, so don't be afraid to be genuine and express your thoughts and feelings. Make sure your voice is authentic and your essay reflects your true self.

Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to writing a personal statement, but these tips should help you create a compelling essay that reflects your unique experiences and perspective. Good luck!

10 months ago

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