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Struggling with how to dive into my personal statement – any tips?

Hey everyone, I’m kinda overwhelmed about starting my personal statement for my college apps. I’m not even sure what makes a good opening or how to grab the reader’s attention. Could you guys share some strategies or starting points that worked for you?

8 months ago

Hey there! Beginning your personal statement can definitely feel daunting, but it's a great opportunity to showcase who you are beyond your grades and test scores. A successful opening often includes a hook, which is an engaging start that grabs the reader's attention. Think about a moment or experience that was pivotal in shaping your perspectives or a unique aspect about yourself that sets you apart. For example, a student I advised began their essay with a vivid description of the first time they conducted an experiment in their garage, which led to their passion for science. It was personal, detail-oriented, and instantly intriguing. Remember, your opening doesn't have to be overly dramatic—just authentically you. Start by jotting down moments that were meaningful to you and why they were significant. From there, you can begin to craft a narrative that is both engaging and reflective of your voice. Best of luck!

8 months ago

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