Write-on Wednesdays: the personal statement

Recorded Wednesday, April 28 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


The personal statement is the most important essay you’ll write during the college admissions process; it’s how you’ll communicate your personality and experiences to the admissions officers who will ultimately decide if you’re a good fit for their school.

So, on this special episode of WOW, Hale will be providing a full breakdown of everything you need to know about the personal statement, including: what admissions officers are looking for, common mistakes to avoid, and general tips for writing. He'll also go through an example of an essay or two on-air so you can see how admissions officers would critique this kind of essay.

Hale will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about the personal statement.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
26:20@Diany.N:what do you think is the best thing o include on your personal statement?
26:22@PamDemic:Is it good to refrence a book and realted it to your story when writing the statement?
48:56@jane.72:How important is the common app essay for college admissions?
50:38@PamDemic:Do you think that an essay can make or break an application?
52:12@Parent24:How many people read your essay??
53:00@R9:Any tips on how to structure your essay in a way that isn't just in chronological order and that actually convey a strong theme?
54:18@PamDemic:Do sob stories help? I heard that admission like a Straight A student with obstacles in life
55:29@jane.72:Do you have any tips for tying multiple topics together in your essay?
56:53@PamDemic:Do you have videos on the coatlion app since i while be apllying there
58:34@Parent24:Can you briefly tell us a little about yours? Or at least the connection between them at the end?
61:13@R9:should you get your essay checked or reviewed by peers or counselors? Should they edit it with you?
62:14@PamDemic:What would say would make an essay powerful?
63:59@PamDemic:How to avoid being cheesy when trying talk about tackling an obstacle in life


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