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Examples of personal essays that wowed colleges?

Hi friends, I’m on the hunt for inspiration. Does anyone have examples of personal essays that really wowed colleges? Not looking to copy (obviously), just want to get a feel for what kind of narratives and writing styles make a strong impression.

8 months ago

Hello there! It's wonderful that you're looking for inspiration to craft your personal essay, and it's great you want to keep it original. Though specific examples of successful essays are often not publicly shared to maintain the integrity of the student's work, what I can advise is focusing on stories that showcase your unique identity and experiences. The essays that truly stand out often have a strong, clear voice, show deep reflection, and present a perspective that only you could have. Colleges look for authenticity and how you've grown or learned from your experiences—these are aspects that can really turn an ordinary essay into something memorable. For style, aim for one that feels natural to you; whether it's more narrative-driven or displays your wit, it's important that it sounds like it's coming from you. Good luck, and I'm sure you'll pen a fantastic essay!

8 months ago

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