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What topics should I touch on in my college essay?

Hey everyone! I’m kinda stressing about what to include in my personal statement for college apps. I want to stand out but also show who I am. Does anyone have any advice on topics or themes that worked for them?

8 months ago

Hi there! It's natural to feel a bit stressed about your personal statement, but this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase who you are. Think about experiences that have been formative in your life. These could be related to your family, community, challenges you’ve overcome, or moments of growth. Personal growth, resilience, and maturity are themes that often resonate well.

For example, a student I once advised wrote about how baking with their grandmother helped them learn the importance of patience and attention to detail, which later translated into their academic life. Your essay should tell the reader something new about you that isn't evident from other parts of your application. Stay true to your voice, and choose a topic that you feel passionate about; this passion will shine through in your writing.

Lastly, be sure to give yourself enough time to revise and get feedback. Good luck!

8 months ago

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